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This Caesar Salad with Chicken is a quick 30 minute meal! This is a semi-homemade salad with tender chicken, Parmesan cheese, crispy bacon, and creamy avocado. Add some prepared croutons and Caesar dressing, and you get a fantastic dinner salad that’s better than any restaurant!

Two bowls of caesar salad with chicken and bacon

Caesar Salad with Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado

I used to think if I shared a salad recipe, it needed to be entirely from scratch – dressing and all! Well, those days are over because a high-maintenance salad in my real life just doesn’t work.

Enter Chicken Caesar salad with bacon – sure, you could be all fancy-like and make the dressing and croutons from scratch, but I know for me that’s never happening. So, I make this semi-homemade Caesar salad and, you know what? It’s amazing.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Ready in 30 minutes!
  • Can be a main dish or a side salad
  • So satisfying with chicken, bacon, and avocado
  • Use grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken or any leftover chicken!
Overhead shot of all ingredients needed to make this caesar salad

Ingredients Needed

  • Bacon: I recommend using center-cut bacon slices, but use your favorite. I’ve also made this with turkey bacon!
  • Romaine Lettuce: Chop it to your desired size. I love it shredded too!
  • Cooked chicken: Use grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken. I love using my shredded instant pot chicken for this!
  • Avocado: The combination of bacon and avocado takes this salad to another level.
  • Caesar Dressing: I love using bottled dressing because it’s so easy. Use your favorite, but I love Ken’s Low Fat Caesar or any yogurt caesar dressing.

Click to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

Overhead shot of caesar salad in a bowl before being mixed

How to make Caesar Salad with Chicken

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet on the stove. Once it’s crispy, take it out of the pan and then crumble it or roughly chop it.
  2. Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Add the cooked bacon, chicken, and avocado.
  3. Top the salad with dressing and then lightly toss it to combine. Sprinkle the croutons and Parmesan cheese over the top.
Close up shot of caesar salad with chicken and bacon in a bowl

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Dressing: There are so many Caesar dressings at the store these days, so choose your favorite. I prefer refrigerated dressing and like the brand Ken’s Lite. We’ve also tried the yogurt Caesar dressings too.
  • Croutons: Lots of options for these, too, so pick your favorite! Plain ones work great, or try one of the many flavors of croutons available at the store.
  • Lettuce: You can use leafy romaine or Romain hearts. Or, do a combo to give your salad more texture.

This Caesar salad with chicken, avocado and bacon is one of our favorites – it’s so easy to toss together, and it’s just as good as a from-scratch salad! Semi-homemade for the win, friends – I know you’re going to love it, too.

Close up shot of caesar salad with chicken and bacon in a bowl


How to store Caesar salad?

Once the salad is dressed, it won’t keep well. You can keep them in the refrigerator if you have leftovers, but the lettuce will get pretty soggy, so it’s best once it’s made.

Can I make Caesar salad ahead of time?

Want to make avocado Caesar salad ahead? You can! Assemble the salad but wait to add the dressing and croutons. Cover the bowl, keep it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and add the dressing and croutons before serving.

Close up shot of caesar salad with chicken and bacon in a bowl

Caesar Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Recipe

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Caesar Salad with Chicken and Bacon is ready in 30 minutes. It’s a hearty salad and can stand all on its own as a main dish – just add some bread on the side!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 4 slices center-cut bacon
  • 10 ounces romaine lettuce leafy or hearts or a mix
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded rotisserie or leftover
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup croutons
  • ¼-1/2 cup Caesar dressing
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  • Cook bacon until crisp. Drain excess oil then crumble.
  • Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add bacon, chicken, and avocado.
  • Add desired amount of dressing and toss salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and croutons.
  • Serve immediately after dressing. You can make the salad without dressing and croutons up to 24 hours ahead (store tightly covered in refrigerator).

Recipe Notes

• This is a great use for leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken – use any already cooked chicken, cubed, shredded, or diced.
• Use your favorite Caesar dressing – we love Ken’s light or the new yogurt Caesar dressings you can find these days. The most important thing is to use what you love!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6323IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American

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Caesar Salad with Chicken and Bacon is ready in 30 minutes. It’s a hearty salad and can stand all on its own as a main dish – just add some bread on the side!

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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