California Club Blue Cheese Chopped Salad

California Club Blue Cheese Chopped Salad from www.laurenslatest.comI went to California Pizza Kitchen last Saturday and fell in love with their BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad all over again. I used to love that salad, then magically forgot that restaurant even existed. #pregnancybrain I’m really smart like that.

Anyways, I went back with a friend to this beloved chain restaurant and basically died over the deliciousness.

Chopped salads are my LIFE. I now crave them 94% of the time.

Instead of trying to recreate this salad, I made a whole new kind with ingredients I had on hand. Totally fell in love all over again. Even my husband who isn’t that big of a blue cheese fan was loving this!

The only thing I regretted was not making a bigger bowl. Oh well. There’s always tomorrow, right?

Anyways, this is pretty straight forward dish to make, but here are a few step-by-steps anyways…just because I love ya!

Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and cooked bacon. Then toss together with a few black beans and blue cheese. Then toss with a simple creamy dressing {garlic, lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt, pepper} and serve.How to make a California Club Blue Cheese Chopped Salad from www.laurenslatest.comSuper simple to do and really flavorful. Love the bites of creamy avocado with the crispy bacon and juicy tomatoes. Seriously, this salad is amazeballs.

If you’re wanting to make this in advance, chop everything first, then toss with the dressing right before serving. That way things don’t get soggy.

Soggy salad= no bueno.

Anyways, here’s the printable! Have a great day!


California Club Blue Cheese Chop Salad

Yield: 2 servings

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  • 1 large romaine heart, washed and chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup rinsed and drained black beans
  • for the dressing-
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1/2 large lemon, about 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Toss all ingredients for salad together and set aside.
  2. For dressing, whisk all ingredients together and toss with salad. Serve immediately.


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  1. Love blue cheese, especially in my salad. This salad sounds so perfect, definitely something that would hit the spot. 🙂

  2. This sounds amazing and I’m not a big fan of blue cheese. I will be making this soon! Plus it has bacon! Who doesn’t love bacon?!

  3. This salad would be the perfect lunch today 🙂

  4. This is the most awesome salad! This and a buffalo chicken salad (covered in blue cheese) are my favorite!

  5. Chopped salads are the best. Every bite has all of the flavors mixed in. I am a fan of blue cheese so I think I would love this salad!

  6. It’s 11pm and I am totally going to be craving this all night now!!

  7. I made this for dinner tonight and used turkey bacon. This is like all my favorite things in a salad. The black beans are such an awesome touch. Gives it that nice bit of protein. Thanks so much for this!!!!

  8. YUM! Ive been trying to eat more salads, but can only do it when theyre loaded with delicious goodness..hate the plain ol’ ones..this sounds delish!

  9. This salad looks incredible! I love chopped salads too!

  10. I made this today for lunch! So delicious. I used pancetta instead of bacon…cause it was already cubed and ready to pan fry. This is a keeper for sure. thank you so much.

  11. Yum! I’m usually not much for salads, but when you throw in blue cheese I can be convinced 🙂 Castello Blue Cheese crumbles have a really rich blue flavor, so they are great for salads because they really add a punch. I’d be tempted to add some extra bacon too…okay, maybe I should try to keep the salad at least a *little* healthy 🙂

  12. Living in the desert, summer means hearty salads! Add diced deli turkey to this and it’s DINNER! YUM!

  13. please try to recreate the ca pizza kitchen bbq salad – it’s my fav and I’ve tried finding a recipe for it and haven’t been able to – this one I will try but have to omit the blue cheese

  14. OMGness!!! This salad is amazing!!! First let’s start with the perfect serving size…2. I actually just made it for me…no soggy leftovers. I used light mayo & imitation bacon bits (I was too lazy to cook bacon) & I don’t think it made a stitch of difference. I almost didn’t make the dressing…so glad I did. I thought it was going to be tasteless & yet it was the exact opposite, complimented the salad ingredients perfectly….yummy!!! Best salad I’ve made in years…can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!!! Going to save to my classics!!! Thank you so much!!! XO

  15. My family LOVES salads, and this has become the new family favorite. Easy to make, and absolutely fantastically delicious!!!!



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