Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

 

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

Enjoy your apple for the day alongside bacon in this crisp and savory Apple Bacon Spinach Salad recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 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 ( http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/apple-cider-vinaigrette/ ), or balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

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

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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

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Comments

  1. ronnissweettooth — October 27, 2010 @ 11:08 pm (#)

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

  2. Janet Moore — October 28, 2010 @ 12:27 am (#)

    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!

  3. Hanne — October 28, 2010 @ 1:48 am (#)

    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!

  4. jes — October 28, 2010 @ 6:21 am (#)

    Oooh I love bacon! This salad looks amazing!

  5. Mireya — October 28, 2010 @ 7:40 am (#)

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

  6. Amanda — October 28, 2010 @ 9:20 am (#)

    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!

  7. Cynthia — October 28, 2010 @ 9:25 am (#)

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

  8. christen krumm — October 28, 2010 @ 9:39 am (#)

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

    xo,
    christen
    thekrumms@gmail.com

  9. Doug Hye — October 28, 2010 @ 9:46 am (#)

    Yum!!! This I have to try!!!

  10. Erica — October 28, 2010 @ 10:13 am (#)

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

  11. Debbie — October 28, 2010 @ 10:25 am (#)

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

  12. Hila — October 28, 2010 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    Yumm, you had be at bacon :)

  13. Melissa — October 28, 2010 @ 5:40 pm (#)

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

  14. Kat — October 28, 2010 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    mmm–bacon!

  15. Elizabeth — October 28, 2010 @ 9:44 pm (#)

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

  16. Michelle — October 29, 2010 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    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.

  17. ks sunflower — October 31, 2010 @ 4:04 pm (#)

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

  18. Alison — October 31, 2010 @ 4:26 pm (#)

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

  19. ashley m — October 31, 2010 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    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.