Literally my favorite salad to make. The sweetness from the apples perfectly balances the saltiness from the bacon. And the dressing, THIS dressing…well, the sweetness and tanginess are a perfect yin and yang. Basically, this salad is perfection. The only thing not in balance is how much I eat of it. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free. Free of the top eight allergens!
Apple, Bacon & Spinach Salad with Sweet Red Onion Vinaigrette (GF, DF, Egg, Soy, Peanut & Tree Nut Free, Top 8 Free)
Literally my favorite salad to make. The sweetness from the apples perfectly balances the saltiness from the bacon. And the dressing, THIS dressing...well, the sweetness and tanginess are a perfect yin and yang. Basically, this salad is perfection. The only thing not in balance is how much I eat of it. Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free. Free of the top eight allergens!
- 1 package of spinach OR 2-3 romaine hearts, washed and cut (my son can't do spinach--both work great!)
- 1-2 sweet apples, chopped (I usually use Gala)
- 1 pkg. bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
- 1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup craisins
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 small red onion (about a half cup)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- For the salad, make a bed of spinach and place the rest of the toppings on top.
- For the dressing, put all ingredients in a blender, but the oil. Turn the blender on and slowly pour in the oil to create an emulsion. Blend until everything is smooth and incorporated. Wait to put the dressing on until right before to keep the spinach from being soggy.
Also, if you can do dairy, crumbled feta cheese is amazing in it.
If you can do nuts, candied almonds or walnuts are a great substitution for the sunflower seeds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 625Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 2093mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 9gSugar: 62gProtein: 9g
Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
It’s amazing how food brings people together. Glad you were able to give back to the man who showed kindness to you!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
I love these kind of recipes – looks so fresh and delicious!!
This salad sounds wonderful (and the dressing, too!). My boys are just starting to eat salads and they’re in their 20’s! I bet they’d love this.
P.S. My condolences on the death of your friend.
Thanks Liz for your condolences. And, that makes me feel way better to know it’s average for boys to not like salads for awhile. 🙂
Oh I am so sorry for this family and their loss. I am glad you were able to bring a bit of comfort to them.
Thanks Kristen, that is sweet of you to say.
new love to your page and thank you for this delicious recipe xoxo
Thanks for stopping by Beverley! 🙂 Enjoy the recipe!!