Spinach and Bacon Salad

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 22, 2013

This delicious Spinach and Bacon Salad is a breeze to prepare! The sweet dressing with the salty bacon keeps you wanting more!

Spinach and Bacon Salad: an easy, delicious sweet and salty salad idea #healthy #spinach @shugarysweets

Spinach and Bacon Salad: an easy, delicious sweet and salty salad idea #healthy #spinach @shugarysweets

I’m not sure where this recipe originated. I only know that my mom would make this recipe for the family and we would DEVOUR it. I mean seriously, it has bacon on it!

My kids love this salad too, and I love that they are eating a whole bowl of spinach! The dressing can be made in advance to let the flavors mingle. You also may have leftover dressing, which happens in our house because my husband and a couple of my kids only like a little bit drizzled on their salads. But don’t worry, this dressing is delicious on ANY salad. It’s also great on pasta too. For a quick lunch, I have cut up some fresh veggies, added cold pasta and drizzled this dressing on top! YUM.

Spinach and Bacon Salad: an easy, delicious sweet and salty salad idea #healthy #spinach @shugarysweets

Spinach and Bacon Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 4-6

A delicious, healthy salad with spinach and bacon. The sweet dressing is a perfect pairing with the salty bacon!

Ingredients

    For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • For the Salad:
  • 10oz fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
  • 1/4 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cup croutons (any variety)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, ketchup, sugar and worcestershire sauce. Refrigerate overnight or several hours to allow the flavors to combine. (Not required, but makes a little difference). To serve, add spinach and bacon bits in a large bowl. Top with croutons and serve with dressing. ENJOY!
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Jen @ Savory Simple March 22, 2013 at 8:35 am

This is my kind of salad and the photos are gorgeous!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks Jen! Salad with bacon, it’s like the best of both worlds!
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Lisa March 22, 2013 at 8:36 am

The salad looks amazing and everything is better with bacon! The ketchup in the dressing threw me for a moment but it’s intriguing enough for me to want to try this! Of course, I will be the lone eater of this as none of the other family members like an oil/vinegar dressing…they’re addicted to the creamy calorie filled ones. But they do like pasta salads, so there is hope!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I’ve kept this dressing in a jar for up to 2 weeks, shake and use! ENJOY.
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Eva @ Eva Bakes March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

I love spinach salad! The dressing sounds intriguing… I’ve never heard of adding ketchup! But I am definitely willing to give it a try. :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet March 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

This makes me not want to wait for our spinach to pop up out of the ground! We eat fresh spinach all summer long. So good adding the bacon!! Very interesting salad dressing! Will have to give it a try. I smother all of my salads with balsamic vinegar!
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Marcie@Flavorthemoments March 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

Spinach and bacon are a match made on heaven, and that sweet dressing can only make it better! Sounds great, Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Thanks Marcie. All the flavors work quite nicely together :)
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Jess @ OnSugarMountain March 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH AIMEE AND HER FABULOUS FUDGES??
Heehee jk. It’s probably for the best to have salad once in a while. And it does have bacon in it, so I guesssss I approve. ;)

Enjoy your weekend!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Jess, your comments crack me up EVERY TIME. And seriously, it has bacon, right, I’m still me…. :)
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Kathy March 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Bacon makes everything better! This salad sounds fantastic!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Love the sound of the salad! Great idea to use the dressing with pasta!
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria March 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Funny how I love spinach…the only green leaf out there that I’ll eat. But with bacon –Winner! (=
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’m not a picky eater at all, and bacon really does make everything better!!
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tanya March 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I love a good salad, especially one that has a good dressing! And this has bacon! Bonus!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thank Tanya!!!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

This looks delish Amy! Anything with bacon is good for me!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

Yeah, me too :)
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carrian March 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I love how simple and delicious this looks. We are all huge spinach fans here, even the little ones
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

That’s so awesome you have great eaters! Although you make such delicious food I want to be your kid :)
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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen March 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

This salad looks perfect! I love spinach but I LOVE bacon :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

Haha, yes, I love bacon too. And it pairs so nicely with the spinach!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

Simple, hearty and satisfying!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 23, 2013 at 9:21 am

Amen!!!
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry March 23, 2013 at 1:44 am

Now this is the kind of salad I can have for dinner with nothing else and be totally satisfied!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

Yep, I do that often!! I have occasionally taken out the bacon (Gasp!!!) and added some grilled chicken breast. Tastes great too!
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Serena (serenabakessimplyfromscratch) March 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

I’ve been looking for a tomato based dressing for Spinach and Bacon Salad for some time! I will have to try it out and see if it’s close to a neighbor hood restaurants we love! Have a fabulous weekend!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life March 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

We love eating big salads for dinner here too…I would just have to keep one bacon free for me!!!! LOL! You know my feelings on the stuff ;-)
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Pam in Cincinnati March 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

perfect timing on this recipe. we’re starting a weight loss challenge over the next three months in my little corner of IT … which can be super challenging when you’re uber picky like me. oddly, i love raw spinach, so this spinach salad would be a great alternative to sneaking across the street for skyline. will have to head out for provisions later. :)

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Helene March 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

We like bacon and it adds such a nice taste in a salad. Looks fresh and so Spring!
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Ashley March 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

This is one of my most favorite salads, Aimee! I was first introduced to it in college–my sorority had an amazing cook. The dressing sounds just like what she made. She added thinly sliced red onion and sliced hard boiled eggs to the spinach. So delicious! Thanks for sharing…I can’t believe I’d forgotten about this one!
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Nutmeg Nanny March 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

This salad looks awesome, I am loving the recipe for the dressing and the fact that it’s topped with bacon, of course!

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Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen January 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

You got me at bacon. :) I love how easy the dressing sounds. Must pin for later.
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