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Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

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My friend, Jeanne, brought over a huge bowl of her Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes. A blast from the ’70’s but with a simple spinach salad dressing plus the addition of grape tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to give it a modern twist.

Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes on a decorative white salad plate with a red handled fork

 

Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

Since today is Easter Sunday, you may not have all the ingredients to add this spinach salad with bacon to your holiday menu. But save some of those extra hard boiled eggs and make it this coming week. My first ever spinach salad was at Hickory Park, a restaurant that’s still going strong 40+ years after opening in my hometown of Ames, Iowa.

Their classic spinach salad, as I recall, started with a base of spinach plus hard boiled eggs, bacon bits, onions, raw mushrooms and was drizzled with a hot bacon dressing. I love bacon, but was never enamored with this dressing nor the raw mushrooms. Jeanne’s fresher, contemporary recipe really hit the spot!

Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

Spinach Salad Dressing

Made with a package of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing, using red wine vinegar to mix, was a super simple way to get this salad on the table.  I now have a stash in my pantry for those busy weeknights.

I made a quick vinaigrette as an alternative, and Bill, known as the picky hubby, pulled a bottle of Ranch from the fridge for his spinach salad dressing. I whisked together some red wine vinegar, Dijon and garlic. I added some sugar, too, which worked well with this combination of ingredients. Such an easy spinach salad that is a delicious side dish for so many meals!

 

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Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes

This Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes is a blast from the ’70’s but with a simple spinach salad dressing plus the addition of grape tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to give it a modern twist.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Cuisine: Salad

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 5-ounce package baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced, and cooked in bacon fat until softened*
  • 6 slices meaty bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes, cut in half (you may not need the whole container)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, cut in half or quarters
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded

Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Make salad dressing, but whisking together vinegar, mustard, garlic, sugar and salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking constantly. Set aside.

Place spinach in large bowl.
Top with hard boiled eggs, chopped center cut bacon, sautéed red onion, tomatoes and mozzarella. Drizzle with salad dressing.

Notes

As an alternative salad dressing, buy a packet of Good Season’s Italian Dressing and follow the directions on the package, using red wine vinegar.

Save extra salad dressing for another salad.

*The bacon fat will congeal when the onions are refrigerated. You may want to keep them separate and bring to room temperature before adding to the salad and serving.

Made with a package of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing, using red wine vinegar to mix, was a super simple way to get this salad on the table. I made a quick vinaigrette as an alternative, and Bill, known as the picky hubby, pulled a bottle of Ranch from the fridge for his spinach salad dressing.

 

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18 comments on “Easy Spinach Salad with Bacon, Eggs and Tomatoes”

  1. Great idea with any leftover greens.

  2. A beautiful salad! I just planted spinach yesterday. Happy Easter Liz-enjoy:@)

  3. Delightful! Perfect as the Easter lunch starter.

  4. I usually have all these ingredients on hand. I’m up for this for lunch too!

  5. yum! Love a good spinach salad, not to mention the addition of bacon!

  6. Happy Easter!

  7. Such great flavors! I would fill my plate for sure.

  8. Happy Easter dear Lizzy !!xoxoxo

  9. It doesn’t get much better in my book than a spinach salad. It’s always great to have different dressing options on hand.

  10. What a terrific, low fuss meal. Love its simplicity. Hope you had a great Easter.

  11. What a great looking salad, I bet it made a wonderful lunch. The traditional spinach salad always has those horrid canned mandarins, it’s nice to have a recipe that doesn’t.

  12. Although I love experimenting with salads, combos, and dressings (And I mean it. I’m a salad weirdo haha), there’s nothing better than a salad made with simple ingredients. Greens, tomatoes, eggs, and bacon – perfection!

  13. I always love easy and healthy salad recipe for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hard-boiled eggs, spinach, bacon! Perfect salad, Liz! This is definitely my kind of side, or lunch!

  15. The lovely spinach salad with bacon and egg is really delightful. the way you made it is really marvelous. This would be perfect to add on the special moment celebration.

  16. I love spinach salad and your is beautiful!

  17. Everything’s better with bacon! Cooked spinach and I don’t get along so well, but I love it in a salad.

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