Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon (Spinach Salad Dressing)


This delicious spinach salad recipe is loaded with texture and flavor and finished with a sweet and tangy dressing. Hearty enough to serve as a main, it’s easy and quick to make.

spinach bacon salad with spinach salad dressing in white bowl

I know that you guys are going to love this tasty spinach salad! Loaded with fresh veggies, boiled eggs, crispy bacon and croutons it’s a delicious way to get some goodness in!

This isn’t your normal boring salad, it’s got a lot of texture and the vinaigrette dressing has just the right amount of sweetness to make this irresistible!

Be sure to check out my Zesty Panzanella Salad and Peruvian Chopped Salad recipes too!

Why you will love this spinach salad recipe!

  • Quick: It takes no more than 15 minutes to make this salad and dressing and you just need a few simple ingredients.
  • Make ahead: You can easily make the salad and dressing ahead of time for an easy to serve meal.
  • Versatile: I like to serve this as an easy main dish as it’s well balanced and hearty, but you can easily serve smaller portions for a side or appetizer.
side shot of spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled egg in white bowl
spinach bacon salad with spinach salad dressing in white bowl

How to make spinach salad and dressing

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  • Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Add the dressing and toss to serve.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Yes, this is a great make ahead dish! The salad dressing can be made 4 to 5 days ahead of time and stored in the fridge and the spinach salad can be prepared a day ahead and kept covered.

Add the dressing just before serving so that nothing gets soft.

What do you serve it with?

I like to serve this salad by itself, but you can also pair smaller portions with mains. It works especially well with seafood and chicken dishes. try it with:

side shot of spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled egg in white bowl
up close image of spinach salad in bowl with wooden spoons

Recipe Variations

This spinach salad is pretty good as it is, but you can easily add other veggies and salad ingredients to it. To make it extra special, try topping it with:

  • Crumbled or shredded cheese
  • Honey Roasted Pecans
  • Chopped celery
  • Frozen baby peas

This dish is also easy to adapt to fit with dietary needs:

  • Make it vegetarian: Omit the bacon.
  • Make it vegan: Omit the bacon and eggs.
  • Make it gluten-free: Omit the croutons.

Tips!

  • Alternate instructions for the dressing: Add all to a blender and mix until fully incorporated, about 1 minute.
  • To make the spinach salad 1 day ahead: Prepare and refrigerate all salad ingredients and dressing separately. When ready to serve, place ingredients in a large serving bowl and add just enough dressing. Toss gently and serve.
  • Salad Dressing yield: about ¾ cup dressing
up close image of spinach salad in bowl with wooden spoons



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