A maple bacon salad. Need I say more? Spinach is topped with goat cheese, bacon, and candied pecans, and then smothered in a yummy maple bacon dressing! This salad is nutritious, delicious, and can be customized to suit your taste bud needs. showmetheyummy.com #maplebacon #salad #bacon #bacondressing #goatcheese
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Maple Bacon Salad

This maple bacon salad starts with a pillowy bed of fresh baby spinach. Then it's topped with fresh creeeeamy, tangy goat cheese, salty bacon, chewy craisins, sweet, crunchy candied pecans, hard boiled eggs, and paper thin red onions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup bacon fat
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 1 (5 oz) bag baby spinach
  • 1 (4 oz) log goat cheese crumbled
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (1 oz) box craisins
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

Dressing

  • Take the bacon fat (from cooked bacon) and place it into a blender along with a little extra virgin olive oil (if necessary), real maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, and salt.
  • Blend until well combined.
  • Taste test and re-season with salt if necessary. Set aside.

Salad

  • Place baby spinach in a large bowl and top with goat cheese, bacon, craisins, candied pecans, hard boiled eggs, and very thinly sliced red onions!
  • Gently toss together and serve in individual bowls! As I've said before, I always serve the dressing on the side, so people can add as little (or as much, like me) as they like!

Notes

The ingredient list for assembling the salad is just a guideline! The best thing about this salad is that it's so customizable. Add as much or as little of each ingredient to suit your taste bud needs! Don't like goat cheese? Go for blue. Do you go crazy for craisins? Then just add more! You could even make this vegetarian by losing the bacon and just use olive oil!

Nutrition

Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 228mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 3876IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2mg