Spinach and Bacon Salad

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

Yield: serves 4-6

Spinach and Bacon Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes

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


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)


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


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Posted on March 22, 2013

Comments & Reviews

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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 😉

  5. 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!

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

    1. Yep, I do that often!! I have occasionally taken out the bacon (Gasp!!!) and added some grilled chicken breast. Tastes great too!

    1. That’s so awesome you have great eaters! Although you make such delicious food I want to be your kid 🙂

    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!

    1. Jess, your comments crack me up EVERY TIME. And seriously, it has bacon, right, I’m still me…. 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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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