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This Crispy Italian Chicken and Bacon Salad with Tahini Pesto Dressing and Sourdough Croutons is certainly not your ordinary salad. Crispy parmesan-crusted and Italian seasoned chicken tossed together with a creamy lemony basil tahini dressing, fresh romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, and mozzarella cheese. Add sourdough croutons for some crunch and you have the perfect balanced salad. Simple to toss together, colorful, super flavorful, and filling. Great for a weeknight, but can easily double as lunch the following day!
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Now, onto Monday salad things! With the weather getting nicer…at least for most of you (it was a gross weekend here and there’s a winter storm warning for today with 8-16 ” predicted). I’ve definitely been having a strong desire to create colorful spring and summer recipes.
When it comes to salad, I am very, very particular. I just can’t do boring salads. Look, I LOVE salads, but if I’m eating one for dinner it needs to be fit for dinner. No boring mostly lettuce salads!
Enter this salad. It began as a caesar salad but turned into so much more.
You’ll want to start with the croutons. I toast the sourdough in the oven with olive oil and Italian seasoning. The seasonings here are KEY. They add all the flavor to both the croutons and the crispy chicken.
While the croutons are cooking, make the chicken. Now most chicken salads are grilled, and that’s fine, but lately, I’ve really been into crispy chicken. Basically ever since I made this southern pasta. A little breading just makes chicken that much better, you know?
So I breaded the chicken in Panko, parmesan, and Italian seasonings. Again the seasonings are KEY, they give the chicken and the salad so much more flavor. Perfectly seasoned chicken that’s a little cheesy too…delicious.
At first, I was going to do my basic tahini dressing, but then the thought of a basil dressing came t0 mind so I switched it up.
It’s a simple mix of basil pesto, tahini, and lemon. I also added a splash of red wine vinegar. The tahini makes it extra creamy and the pesto adds that herby, garlicky flavor. And when you toss it all together with the crispy chicken?
Toss the greens with the dressing, add the chicken and bacon, lots of croutons, and toss it all up.
It’s SO GOOD! Crunchy chicken, salty bacon, creamy avocado, and an herby dressing that really completes the salad. So fun and delicious.
So you see? Monday salads can be fun!
Looking for other weeknight salads? Here are my favorites:
Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken and Avocado Bacon Salad
Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter
Melon Basil Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto
Lastly, if you make this Crispy Italian Chicken and Bacon Salad be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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What greens would you recommend instead of mixed?
Feel free to use any that you like:) Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
I’m going to try making this! Do you have an alternate dressing suggestion as my son is allergic to tree nuts (pesto)? Thanks!
You could use another dressing that you enjoy or just make your own pesto without the nuts:) Let me know if you give this salad a try, I hope you love it! xT
Made this without the bacon and it was delicious! So flavorful, didn’t even need bacon. Very easy to make too! I can’t wait to make this salad again soon.
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! xx
Another delicious salad recipe. YUMMY!
Fantastic! Thanks for your comment and trying the recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! xxT
Very good and very adaptable to what you have on hand
Happy Monday!! I really appreciate you trying this recipe out, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Have a great week:)