This delicious Spinach and Bacon Salad is a breeze to prepare! The sweet dressing with the salty bacon keeps you wanting more. Served for lunch or as a light dinner, it’s the best way to get your daily greens.
Why this Recipe is Best
While I love salads that have all the colors of the rainbow, sometimes you just don’t have time to chop a ton of veggies.
This Spinach and Bacon Salad recipe comes together in no time. Even with homemade dressing and freshly cooked bacon, it’s ready to eat in just 10 minutes!
We kept the ingredients for this salad simple: just fresh spinach, bacon and croutons. It’s the dressing that really makes this salad stand out. Tangy and sweet, it’s the perfect compliment to salty bacon.
Since it’s made with pantry staples, chances are you won’t need to make a special grocery trip for this recipe either!
Bacon. Either fresh cooked crumbled bacon or leftover cooked bacon can be used.
Croutons. Any croutons you enjoy, plain or seasoned, taste great in this salad.
Ketchup. Sound weird? Just try it! The ketchup adds the hint of sweetness to the dressing that ties all the flavors together.
Spinach and Bacon Salad is wonderful enjoyed as a meal on its own, especially for a summer lunch or light dinner.
This salad is also perfect stuffed into a wrap! Leave off the croutons and roll the salad in an herb garlic tortilla for an on-the-go lunch.
Tips and Tricks
- Make the dressing ahead of time. If you can, whisk together the dressing ingredients in advance. Letting the dressing chill for a few hours in the fridge helps the flavors meld so it tastes even better.
- If you don’t think you’ll eat all the salad right away, add the croutons to individual portions instead of to the whole serving bowl. This prevents the tragedy of soggy croutons in your spinach bacon salad.
- Can’t get enough spinach and bacon salad? Go ahead and make a double or triple batch of dressing to keep on hand in the fridge. It’s so convenient to just throw the spinach and bacon in a bowl, grab your ready-made dressing and have an instant light meal.
Yes, this salad would be delicious with turkey bacon instead of pork. My vegetarian family members enjoy this with meatless “bacon” substitutes too!
Spring mix salad greens or your other favorite dark, leafy salad greens make fine substitutes. If you like raw kale, that’s a great alternative to the spinach too. (Make sure to remove the tough bitter stems.)
You can make the dressing up to a couple of weeks ahead of time! It’s highly acidic so it’ll stay good for quite a while in the fridge.
Yes, you can! The extra time to let the dressing flavors mingle is optional.
More Easy Dinner Recipes
- Want other great dinner and salad ideas? This Mandarin Salad is one of our family’s favorites! Filled with romaine, sugar coated pecans and mandarin oranges.
- This Spicy Grilled Fish and Citrus Slaw is a meal on it’s own. And it’s so pretty and colorful too!
- These Turkey Meatballs are paired with a Bruschetta Sauce. No pasta required which keeps them on the healthy list! Can be your dinner or appetizer!
Spinach and Bacon Salad is full of fresh greens and salty bacon. A crunch of croutons and the best ever homemade dressing will get everyone begging for seconds!