Canadian Bacon and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

This simple salad can be on the table in 15 minutes, but Canadian bacon and chimichurri dressing give it tons of flavor.  With under 300 calories per serving, it’s great as a side dish (I like it with a baked potato) or as a light meal.

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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Canadian Bacon? I’m guessing it’s not salad. (It might not even be food; I’ll admit that 50% of the time, my brain goes right to the movie.)

It’s not very often that we see this meat at meals other than breakfast, but it works really well in all sorts of dishes. I love using it in soups and stews like this Canadian Bacon and White Bean Pot Pie and it’s also a delicious addition to succotash.

Lately, one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches has been sourdough bread with Canadian Bacon, an over-medium egg, sliced avocado, and chimichurri sauce. I love the way that the meaty bacon pairs with the fresh herbs in chimichurri.  I decided to use the same flavors in a salad and I was so happy with how it came out – it’s super easy, but it’s one of the best simple salads I’ve made.

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Picking the lettuce was probably the most difficult part of creating this salad. I wanted something sturdy enough to stand up to the Canadian Bacon and avocado, but with a mild flavor that would let the chimichurri dressing really shine. I ended up settling on romaine hearts, which was the perfect choice. I also added some radishes to break up the heaviness of the other ingredients (they also add a nice pop of color to the otherwise green salad.)

The dressing is so easy to make – it’s basically just chimichurri sauce thinned out with extra oil and red wine vinegar. To make it, you just mash some garlic into a paste and then combine it with fresh parsley and cilantro. It’s a really easy way to add bright, fresh flavor to your meals in the winter when there’s not much produce in season.

I used Canadian Bacon from Jones Dairy Farm. It’s very lean and has a clean flavor that isn’t too salty or smokey. I’m able to fine it easily in all of our local grocery stores (Shop Rite, Hannaford, and Price Chopper) but you can use their store locator to find it near you.

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Canadian Bacon and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Canadian Bacon and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (9 ounces) Jones Dairy Farm Canadian Bacon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup parlsey, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 packages (9 ounces) chopped romaine hearts
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Slice the Canadian bacon into matchsticks.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add the Canadian bacon and cook stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown – about 5 minutes.
  3. While the Canadian bacon cooks, prepare the chimichurri vinaigrette: Sprinkle the garlic with some salt, the use the flat side of a chefs knife to smash it into a paste. Pour the vinegar into a jar. Add the garlic paste, parsley, and cilantro. Stir. Whisk in the remaining olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange the lettuce in a salad bowl; toss with half of the vinaigrette. Top with Canadian bacon, avocado slices, and radishes. Serve with additional vinaigrette.
Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving Calories 277Total Fat 22.3gCholesterol 8mgFiber 3.8gProtein 15.1g

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This post was sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm, a brand that I’ve used for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep me inspired in the kitchen!

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By on January 7th, 2015

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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36 thoughts on “Canadian Bacon and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri Dressing”

  1. As I pulled up your post, my daughter and I both said at the same time – I want that! This has all our favorite things in it – Canadian bacon, radishes and avocados! Neither of us would have thought about chimichurri dressing but now I want to make some!

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  2. You had me at bacon, Lauren. I love any kind of bacon, especially in salads. It adds such a lot of flavor, even with a small sprinkling of crispy bits. And that chimichurri dressing looks fabulous as well!

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  3. I have been roaming around my house all day trying to find something I want to eat. I really wish I had this salad. I feel like my hunger pains would disappear after on delicious bite 🙂

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