Low-Carb Chicken, Bacon, and Apple Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

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Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 1

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

483 calories
29g fat
27g carbs
33g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 483
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 1064mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 12g  
Includes 3g Added Sugars 6%
Protein 33g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 312mg 24%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1603mg 34%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This low-carb chopped chicken salad recipe is made with sweet apple bits, which complement the salty bacon and creamy avocado. You'll get a nice serving of protein from this dish as well as a boost of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) from the avocado, which have been shown to help fight inflammation and lower the risk of high cholesterol.

Chopped salads are often a favorite because they are easy to eat (no giant lettuce leaves) and you get lots of taste with every bite, in different flavor combinations. The key to a healthy chopped salad is to choose a lighter dressing like a vinaigrette to keep the total calorie count down.


  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 medium plum tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup apple, peeled or unpeeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 ​avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled or cut up small
  • 2 tbsp Italian or vinaigrette dressing


  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the salad ingredients.

  2. Toss with an Italian or vinaigrette dressing and serve.

Variations and Substitutions

Bacon is a popular ingredient in many different types of salad, and with a few smart ingredient swaps you can still make a bacon salad a healthy choice. Here are a couple variations on other classic bacon salads you can try:

  • Low-Carb Warm Spinach Salad With Bacon is made low-carb-friendly by using a sugar substitute. By amping up the ingredients—adding cooked chicken, turkey, fish, or tofu—it can be made into a satisfying meal.
  • Low-Carb Broccoli Salad With Bacon is another way to incorporate bacon into a healthy salad. Most classic broccoli with bacon salad recipes have a fair amount of carbs due to raisins and sugar in the dressing. This recipe, however, is low in sugar and still keeps the same salty-sweet flavor combination of the classic cold broccoli salad.

Cooking and Serving Tips

This chopped chicken salad recipe makes one large meal-sized serving. If you'd like something less filling, you can divide it into smaller portions and/or use less avocado.

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By Laura Dolson
Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks.