Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad

5 from 16 votes

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This Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad is a green salad, mixed with bacon, blue cheese, avocado, tomato, black beans and an incredibly tasty homemade dressing. It’s super simple to make and it is so flavorful, it’ll quickly become one of your go to salads, just like Cucumber Tomato Salad or Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. Yum!

Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad in a white bowl with a fork

Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad | A Favorite Salad

I went to California Pizza Kitchen last Saturday and fell in love with their BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad all over again. I used to love that salad, then magically forgot that restaurant even existed. #pregnancybrain I’m really smart like that. Chopped salads are my LIFE. I now crave them 94% of the time.

Instead of trying to recreate this salad, I made a whole new kind with ingredients I had on hand. Totally fell in love all over again. Even my husband who isn’t that big of a blue cheese fan was loving this! The only thing I regretted was not making a bigger bowl. Oh well. There’s always tomorrow, right?

Follow my simple steps below for the best Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad you’ve ever had!

Main Ingredients Needed

Just 6 ingredients are needed to make this mouth watering Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad. Here’s what you should start gathering:

  • Romaine Lettuce– I used romaine lettuce, but you can use butter lettuce, iceberg or whatever you prefer.
  • Tomato– for color and flavor.
  • Bacon– the perfect salty complement to this salad.
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles– chopped in smaller pieces. Bigger chunks will fall to the bottom of the salad and not mix as well.
  • Avocado– for creamy texture and color.
  • Black beans– for extra protein.

For The Dressing

  • Garlic– for flavor.
  • Mayonnaise + Lemon Juice- this combo drizzled over the salad brings all the ingredients together in mouth-watering goodness.
  • Salt + Pepper- for flavor.
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How to Make Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad | Directions

For full details on how to make this Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad, see the recipe card down below.

Chop Veggies + Cook Bacon

Chop lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and add to a large bowl. Cook bacon until desired crispness, and then chop and add to bowl. Add black beans and blue cheese crumbles.

Make Dressing + Assemble

In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together and toss with salad. Serve immediately.

Want to Make This Salad Ahead of Time?

If you’re wanting to make Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad in advance, chop everything, except the avocado first, then add the avocado and toss with the dressing right before serving. That way everything won’t get soggy, and the avocado stays green.

Soggy salad= no bueno.

More Salads That Use Blue Cheese!

Anyways, here’s the printable recipe card below! Have a great day! 🙂

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5 from 16 votes

Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad

Bacon Blue Cheese Chopped Salad is so tasty yet so simple to make. Add a simple creamy dressing and serve.
servings 4
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 large romaine heart washed and chopped
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup black beans rinsed and drained

For the dressing-

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice about 1/2 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Chop lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and add to a large bowl. Cook bacon until desired crispness, and then chop and add to bowl. Add black beans and blue cheese crumbles. Toss together and set aside.
  • For dressing, whisk all ingredients together and toss with salad. Serve immediately.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2977IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon blue cheese chopped salad
5 from 16 votes

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28 Responses
  1. Martha H

    5 stars
    Wow, what great flavors. I know this is the end of October but this is dinner tonight. I have made this so many times I think I could list the ingredients in my sleep. This is so good, thanks Lauren for the creation.

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  3. Sharleen

    5 stars
    OMGness!!! This salad is amazing!!! First let’s start with the perfect serving size…2. I actually just made it for me…no soggy leftovers. I used light mayo & imitation bacon bits (I was too lazy to cook bacon) & I don’t think it made a stitch of difference. I almost didn’t make the dressing…so glad I did. I thought it was going to be tasteless & yet it was the exact opposite, complimented the salad ingredients perfectly….yummy!!! Best salad I’ve made in years…can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!!! Going to save to my classics!!! Thank you so much!!! XO

  4. Linda Ahearn

    please try to recreate the ca pizza kitchen bbq salad – it’s my fav and I’ve tried finding a recipe for it and haven’t been able to – this one I will try but have to omit the blue cheese

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  7. Lauren

    Yum! I’m usually not much for salads, but when you throw in blue cheese I can be convinced 🙂 Castello Blue Cheese crumbles have a really rich blue flavor, so they are great for salads because they really add a punch. I’d be tempted to add some extra bacon too…okay, maybe I should try to keep the salad at least a *little* healthy 🙂

  8. Karen

    5 stars
    I made this today for lunch! So delicious. I used pancetta instead of bacon…cause it was already cubed and ready to pan fry. This is a keeper for sure. thank you so much.

  9. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    YUM! Ive been trying to eat more salads, but can only do it when theyre loaded with delicious goodness..hate the plain ol’ ones..this sounds delish!

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  11. Cari

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and used turkey bacon. This is like all my favorite things in a salad. The black beans are such an awesome touch. Gives it that nice bit of protein. Thanks so much for this!!!!

  12. Julia

    Chopped salads are the best. Every bite has all of the flavors mixed in. I am a fan of blue cheese so I think I would love this salad!

  13. Kathy

    This sounds amazing and I’m not a big fan of blue cheese. I will be making this soon! Plus it has bacon! Who doesn’t love bacon?!

  14. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour)

    Love blue cheese, especially in my salad. This salad sounds so perfect, definitely something that would hit the spot. 🙂