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This Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is a great recipe for using up leftover chicken and is the perfect low carb lunch for a busy day. Simple, and full of flavor, this cheesy chicken salad is delicious in a lettuce wrap, on low carb bread, or just eaten with a fork!
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Is there anything better than a nice cool and creamy chicken salad like this Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad on a hot summer day?
Especially when it is a chicken salad that is chock full of tasty things like bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing!
This chicken salad is so incredibly easy to make. You can cook up some chicken on the grill, or in the Instant Pot, or just grab a rotisserie chicken from the store.
But I have had some people ask me if chicken salad is a good keto lunch option.
IS CHICKEN SALAD KETO?
To that, I say a big fat YES, and a delicious one at that!
But....you have to realize that not all ingredients are equal, and not all ways of eating it are low carb.
I make sure to use this zero-carb mayo and this homemade ranch dressing or this store-bought ranch dressing. I know it is not many, but carbs can sneak in under the radar that way.
Then of course there are the veggies you add to it.
I use celery and green onions in this chicken salad for some crunch. You could add bell pepper, chopped broccoli, or any other keto-friendly veggie for your crunch factor.
I also love to have a big bowl of some kind of salad in my fridge so when the munchies hit I can just grab a few low carb crackers and go to town. I get my crunch satisfied as well as my fat craving. And if you have been keto or low carb for any amount of time you know that fat helps us to feel full and satisfied.
So this chicken salad can actually be like a savory fat bomb with 25 grams of fat and less than 2 net carbs!
Craving something sweet? Give these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Fat Bombs a try!
This easy-to-make Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad uses just a handful of ingredients.
For the salad:
- Cooked chicken
- Ranch dressing
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 green onions, sliced
- Cooked bacon
- Pink sea salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Keto rolls or lettuce leaves for wraps
- Extra cheddar cheese and green onions for garnish
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
This is a basic breakdown of the steps involved in making Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad. You will find the full directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Crumble or chop the cooked bacon.
Chop the green onions and celery.
Place all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
The only equipment you need to make this Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad is a cutting board, Chef's knife, measuring cups and spoons, a mixing bowl, and a spoon.
Store this Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
I have not tried to freeze this chicken salad.
This Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad can be eaten as soon as it is prepared but I suggest giving it about an hour for the flavors to really meld.
Yes, I purposely did not specify breast or thigh because, if you are using leftover chicken, I want you to be able to use all of it. The fat grams would be different but the carbs would be the same.
You could use canned chicken if you want, just be careful of the salt and taste before you add any.
This chicken salad will last up to 5 days in the fridge making it a fabulous meal prep idea!
More Keto & Low Carb Chicken Salad Recipes
- Greek Chicken Salad
- Loaded Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad
- Chicken Caprese Salad
- Fennel Walnut Chicken Salad
- Keto Chicken Salad
Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad (Keto)
- 4 cups cooked chicken shredded or cubed
- 1/4 cup keto mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup homemade ranch dressing or keto-friendly ranch dressing
- 3 stalks celery finely chopped
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 green onions chopped
- 8 slices cooked bacon crumbled or chopped
- pink salt
- cracked black pepper
- Place all or the ingredients in a medium or large mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- Serve on keto rolls, in low carb tortillas or lettuce wraps, or on it's own in a bowl.
- Garnish with additional cheese and chopped green onion if wanted.
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