Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Kids Recipe Challenge winning recipe: 1st Place!  [School day lunches: Grades 1 to 3]

This salad packs a protein punch and is filled with a variety of vegetables that kids can help prepare. Be sure to pack some whole grain bread sticks or crackers to enjoy alongside. Johanna, from Bancroft, thinks kids will like this recipe because they can help make it and put the ingredients they like on it.                                                     

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 2 servings


  1. Cook extra chicken at dinner to use in this lunch salad the next day. 
  2. Look for pre-cooked bacon in grocery stores to cut down on preparation. 
  3. Use your favourite salad dressing to enjoy with the salad. 
  4. Put leftovers away within 2 hours or sooner if they are in a warm location.  


Romaine lettuce 

3 cups (750 mL), about 4-5 leaves

Red bell pepper 1 medium
Tomato 1 medium
Avocado (optional) 1 medium
Boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked 


Hard cooked eggs, peeled and sliced


Bacon, cooked and chopped   

2 slices

Sliced almonds, toasted 

¼ cup  (60 mL) 

Cheddar cheese, shredded

2 Tbsp  (30 mL) 

Low fat salad dressing  

¼ cup  (60 mL)


  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation.       
  2. Gently rinse lettuce, pepper, tomato and avocado (if using) under cool running water. Chop lettuce and divide into two reusable containers. Slice pepper; set aside.  Cut tomatoes in wedges; set aside. Slice avocado; set aside.    
  3. Top each container of lettuce with pepper, tomato, avocado, chicken, eggs, bacon, almonds and cheese.  
  4. Pack dressing in two small, separate containers and drizzle over salad before serving.  

Nutrition Information per serving: 

Calories: 504 kcal

Protein: 32 g

Fat: 34 g

Carbohydrate: 21 g

Fibre: 11 g

Sodium: 716 mg

Iron: 33 mg

Calcium: 153 mg

Last Update – March 26, 2024

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