Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

October 27, 2010 by Ali


Many of the recipes I post on here are creative and new to me. And many of them are tried and true favorites I’ve made for years. This one happens to be in the latter. :)

Indeed. A simple apple and spinach salad. With bacon (yes, please) And toasted pecans (or candied…mmmm). And some tart cheese (or cheddar). And a few red onions (keep a mint nearby). And….whatever else I may feel like throwing in (I’ve made a long list of other favorite ingredients below).

You pretty much can’t go wrong with this one. So grab your apple for the day and enjoy!

Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings of salad


  • 4 cups baby spinach, well-washed and dried
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (or gorgonzola, or cheddar)
  • apple cider vinaigrette, or balsamic vinaigrette


Toss together first seven ingredients (or lay out as you wish), and then drizzle with apple cider vinaigrette.

Ali’s Tip:

Whenever I make this, I often add (or substitute) in some of the following ingredients too. Feel free to give them a try!

  • Shredded rotisserie chicken (or grilled chicken strips)
  • Roasted or dried apples (instead of fresh)
  • Dried cranberries or cherries
  • Other favorite greens (Romaine or arugula)
  • Turkey bacon (instead of regular)
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced or cubed roasted sweet potatoes

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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19 thoughts on “Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

  1. I’m saving this. I’m a vegetarian, but I am sure it would taste just as good with soy bacon. I am actually quite fond of slicing apples and throwing them in with mixed salad greens, pears, and dried cranberries. ooh, and almonds. love almonds.

    - ashley m

  2. Roasted apples! I am drooling. And writing these ingredients on my grocery list.

    - Alison

  3. Wow – this recipe combines almost all of my favorite ingredients into one healthy, attractive and yummy dish! Thanks so much.

    - ks sunflower

  4. Does chicken salad count? :) I’ve gotten totally hooked on putting some diced apples, craisins, and curry powder into my chicken salad. I can’t get enough of it.

    - Michelle

  5. I adore apples and pecans with spinach, will definately try with bacon next time!

    - Elizabeth

  6. mmm–bacon!

    - Kat

  7. My favorite salad is apples, spring mix with goat cheese (mmmm goat cheese!) and a tahini dressing. Simple

    - Melissa

  8. Yumm, you had be at bacon :)

    - Hila

  9. I’m definately going to try this one. Looks beautiful and sounds delicious!

    - Debbie

  10. Would it still be good without the cheese? I’m lactose intolerant.

    - Erica

  11. Yum!!! This I have to try!!!

    - Doug Hye

  12. I don’t think I’ve ever had an apple salad! This one looks like a good one to try!! Yummy!!


    - christen krumm

  13. That looks absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely have to try it!

    - Cynthia

  14. This is just like a spinach salad I get at a local restaurant, it is delicious! They also add chicken to make it more of a meal and use blue cheese instead of feta. It’s my favorite salad!

    - Amanda

  15. My husband and I went out for dinner last night and I ordered something very similar to this! Such a perfect combination!

    - Mireya

  16. Oooh I love bacon! This salad looks amazing!

    - jes

  17. I think I’ll have to try this one, minus the bacon and feta, plus the chicken and dried cranberries! I really love (love!) spinach, though, so that stays :) My husband thinks I’m crazy with my love for spinach; as long as something in a recipe even remotely resembling something green, I try to substitute spinach!

    - Hanne

  18. I love apples in salads.
    I especially like Chicken Salad with Apples:
    1 Apple Diced (Gala, with peel on)
    1 chicken breast Cooked and diced
    1 rib of celery diced
    1/2 c. or more toasted pecan pieces
    Mayonaise to taste. I like alot!

    - Janet Moore

  19. Another delicious looking apple recipe. I agree and think that roasting the apples would be a nice touch.

    - ronnissweettooth