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Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

This stunning Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad recipe is a riff on a classic seven layer salad.  It features layers of green leaf lettuce, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, roast chicken and crumbled bacon. All dressed in a creamy homemade salad dressing. It’s not only beautiful to look at, but serves as a meal all on it’s own.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad Recipe

I absolutely love layer salads and often refer to them a edible centerpieces. This is especially true when the colorful ingredients are layered in a pretty see through trifle bowl or large decorative glass bowl. The sky’s the limit with ingredient combinations and everyone seems to have their own version. In the warm summer months, I love serving this salad at picnics and in the winter it’s a stellar option to enjoy with soup and warm garlic bread. Either way, this scrumptious salad is made for a crowd and it’s sure to be the hit of your next get together.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

How to Make Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad Recipe

  • Can I make this layer salad in advance? Yes, you can. The layers were designed to allow you to make and assemble this salad one day in advance.
  • What if I don’t have a large bowl or trifle bowl? If you don’t have a trifle bowl this chicken bacon ranch salad works extremely well in a 13 x 9-inch cake pan. You’ll need to modify the layers a bit as you assemble them, but making it in a pan makes it easier to transport to outdoor events, family gatherings and office parties.
  • What dressing is best for this layer salad? I recommend making a batch of my Avocado Lime Ranch dressing or Garlic and Herb Buttermilk dressing for this chicken bacon salad. Both will make an ample amount for using between the layers plus extra to serve on the side for those who want to spoon on a bit more.
  • Can I use a bottle of prepared Ranch dressing for this salad? If you’re in a hurry, a quality prepared dressing would work on this salad. Another option is to mix-up a packet of dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix according to the package directions and serve it for the dressing.
  • Is this chicken bacon layered salad keto? This salad does include layers of diced tomatoes and shredded cheese. You could always adapt the layers according to your dietary needs to make it more low carb or keto friendly.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

Prep Time20 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken-bacon-ranch-layer-salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 9 cups roughly chopped green leaf or romaine lettuce divided
  • 1 large red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 large poblano or green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 12 oz frozen corn steamed and cooled
  • 6 medium tomatoes 5 chopped and 1 sliced into wedges for garnish
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 4 cup roasted chicken roughly chopped
  • 3 green onion thinly sliced
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs cut into wedges
  • Dressing See Recipe Notes for links to: Homemade Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing or Garlic Herb Buttermilk Dressing


  • Make Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing per the recipe here.
  • To assemble: In a large trifle or glass bowl layer in this order: 1/3 lettuce, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 poblano pepper, 1/3 corn, 1/2 tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 1 cup cheese, 1/3 bacon and 1/2 chicken. Drizzle with 1/2 cup prepared dressing.
  • Repeat, 1/3 lettuce, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 poblano pepper, 1/3 corn, 1/2 tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 1 cup cheese, 1/3 bacon and 1/2 chicken. Drizzle with 1/2 cup prepared dressing. (I recommend using Homemade Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing)
  • Top with the final 1/3 lettuce, 1/3 corn, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 1/3 bacon and sliced green onion. Drizzle with 1/2 cup dressing drizzling around the edge. Arrange egg and tomato wedges on top to garnish.
  • Chill for 4 hours, Serve with additional dressing on the side.


Shortcut: A quality prepared salad dressing or a packet of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch dressing made per the package instructions may be substituted for the dressing in this salad.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 508mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4272IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 2mg
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