Complete meal salads make me happy. Especially this Chicken Club Salad with Ranch, not only is it delicious, it’s also Paleo, Whole 30, low carb and Keto complaint! And if that weren’t enough, I am going to give you options to make this as easy as you want! Because I am nice like that.
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The Chicken Club Salad:
Like the traditional chicken club sandwich, this salad has roasted chicken, tender butter leaf lettuce, crispy bacon and fresh ripe tomato, but I throw in avocado hard boiled eggs for good measure. To keep this meal simple I use organic rotisserie chicken, but if you prefer you can make my super moist chicken breasts!
That Ranch Dressing:
Alright, I am just going to come out and say it, my homemade dairy free ranch is bomb.com, but I know not everyone has the time or inclination to make their own ranch dressing, so you can also buy Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing and have it delivered to your door. Both Tessemae’s and Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing’s are Paleo and Whole 30 approved. That said if you want to make your own, I’ll show you how easy it is!
HOW TO MAKE THE RANCH FROM SCRATCH:
I start by making a mayonnaise base. It’s really easy but it is important to follow all the directions I give you in the recipe. Skipping any of them can cause your mayo to not set up. It’s happened to me and it’s a bummer. I know some people have success using a regular blender to make mayo, I do not. I use an immersion blender. So here is how it’s done:
- Place room temp egg, lemon juice and extra light olive oil or avocado oil into a jar with a wide enough opening for an immersion blender to fit in.
- Keep the blender at the bottom of the jar and whirl. Immediately you will see the oil and egg thicken up…it’s mayo magic! Once it’s ‘set’ you can move the blender up a down a couple of times to mix in the oil at the top.
- Then add the cashew cream, herbs and spices and voila! Homemade dairy free ranch that is both Whole 30 and Paleo compliant!
Put it All Together and It’s Magic!
Greens, protein, healthy fats, and low carb, it doesn’t get better than that! And it’s truly delicious and satisfying, not to mention beautiful. Oh…I mentioned it.
The Recipe: The Chicken Club Salad with Ranch! (Paleo/Whole30/Keto)
Tips and what you need: you can use rotisserie chicken to keep this recipe simple or use my super moist chicken breasts! If making my homemade ranch (recipe below) you will need an immersion blender. If buying ranch I recommend using Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen’s Ranch Dressing.
A delicious complete meal salad with Keto, paleo, and Whole 30 options!
- If making dairy free ranch, make cashew cream (if not living dairy free you can skip this step and use buttermilk)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 cup light olive oil
- 2 large eggs the second is back up ( both eggs need to be room temp, very important!)
- Juice of half a lemon room temp
- 1/2 cup cashew cream If you aren't living dairy free, you could use buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
- 2 tablespoons chives chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2-3 large boiled eggs peeled and quartered
- 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 2 heads butter leaf lettuce shredded by hand
- 2 chicken breasts skin on and sliced (rotisserie or link to my recipe above if you want to make your own)
- 2 roma tomatoes diced
- 2 avocados sliced
Bring 1 cup water to boil, turn off heat and pour 1/2 cup cashews into hot water. Soak for 3-4 hours or overnight. Strain and rinse. Place into blender with a half cup of filtered water and blend until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use (expires in 4 days)
Place a room temp egg (have a second egg as back up) and olive in a narrow jar that is wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender. The egg must be room temp. If you forget to take the egg out of the fridge in time, you can place it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to bring it to room temp.
Add the juice of half a room temp lemon.
Place an immersion blender into jar with the blender touching the bottom. Turn on immersion blender keeping it at the bottom of the dish. In about 30 seconds or less you will have mayonnaise! Stop blending. If mayo doesn't set up, use that second egg. Add it to the jar and mix again, it almost always saves the day. Add chopped herbs, spices and cashew cream (or buttermilk) and give one more quick blend to incorporate herbs and spices! Ta-da!
Boil eggs: place eggs in a pot of cold water making sure eggs are covered by several inches of water. Bring to a boil. Boil for three minutes then turn off heat. Allow eggs to sit in hot water for 8 minutes. Run eggs under cold water and peel.
While eggs boil and cool, cook bacon, allow to cool then chop
Place shredded lettuce on platter, add eggs, bacon, tomatoes, and avocado, toss with ranch dressing. Add sliced chicken, serve.
This is a gorgeous recipe and so delicious and healthy! Totally up my alley!
Oh, yum! This is something I would/could eat every day! And, the homemade ranch no doubt puts it over the top!
Thanks Jen! I could drink that homemade ranch!
I am SO making this this week!! SLurp!! Can’t wait to try your version of ranch!
we loved this!! I put all dressing ingredients (hemp hearts in place of the cashews) in my Twister jar, and it emulsified great! I even had a daughter eat a whole salad too, total win! Thanks Linda!
Fabulous! Love the hemp heart idea too.
That salad looks delicious! And I’m going to have to try your ranch… I need a good dairy-free version.
I really love it. The cashew cream works better for me than coconut milk:)
Yes please, that ranch sounds so amazing! Love me a good hearty salad and this one looks perfect.
Perfect salad for the summer and I love the ranch dressing recipe too!
This looks amazing! I love the idea of a dairy free ranch dressing, too! The Frenchman will be so happy to have that!
I am so glad! Thanks Heather. Are you married to a French man?
Simply beautiful. Meal salads make me happy too!
Gorgeous platter as always! Really contains some of my favourite ingredients. Must share with my ‘dairy-free’ niece! That dressing may just save our summer..xo
Wow this is such a gorgeous salad! So perfect for hot summer days ahead!
Gosh this is so pretty!!! I love that you made this with cashew cream for those of us who can’t do dairy. Such a lovely meal!
This salad has all my favorite ingredients. I’m a huge fan of salads that can be full meals too!
YUM ! love that golden chicken color with creamy ranch. So delicious !
This looks like the perfect lunch – I love to make immersion blender mayo – it’s so easy and tastier than storebought.
This week starts our ‘salad week’ – salads every night for dinner. Big and hearty ones…this is a great addition!
Oh that’s a good week!