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I have a new favorite salad. Ever, ever. I’ve made this spinach bacon salad probably half a dozen times over the past couple of weeks and am still not sick of it.
It’s flavorful, it’s varied, it looks pretty, and I’m super excited to share it with you today. I did say that it’s also healthy, low carb, and gluten-free, right? Yep, it is.
You have to try this spinach bacon salad recipe for all those reasons, but the biggest reason is the taste. Cheese, spinach, bacon, tomatoes… the flavors come together perfectly.
The ingredients for this spinach bacon salad are readily available year round, but they are perfect for the upcoming summer months as spinach and tomatoes come into season. It’s probably a little early for that, but I just couldn’t wait to put this wonderful recipe out there. Make it now, make it later – if you’re like me, you’ll want to make it again and again.
After making my low carb spicy chicken cheddar nachos using cheddar cheese chips, I’ve been dying to try crumbling them up into a salad. I just knew that the crisps would create the perfect crunch. They’re like croutons, but subtract the carbs and add that wonderful sharp cheddar flavor.
Then I thought, what else goes with cheddar cheese? Bacon! (Well, actually bacon goes with all kinds of things, but cheddar cheese is definitely one of them. I digress.)
Well then, bacon dressing it is. Make it bacon dijon dressing, because that combination is just awesome. Throw in an array of spinach, tomatoes, eggs, and red onions, for the perfect splash of color.
Did I mention you have to try this spinach bacon salad? (And next time, try this spinach salad with bacon and eggs from Healthy Seasonal Recipes, too.)
Tools To Make Low Carb Spinach Bacon Salad
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- Baking Sheet – This anti-warp baking sheet is the perfect size for making the cheese crisps for this delicious salad recipe.
- Parchment Paper – Parchment paper is a necessity for making the cheese crisps for this keto salad recipe. If you don’t use parchment paper, your cheese will stick to the pan.
- Blender – This professional-grade blender would be a great addition to your kitchen appliances.
- Salad Bowl – Serve up your salad in one of these glass bowls.
Spinach Bacon Salad Recipe with Cheddar Crisps (Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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Bacon dijon dressing
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the cheese crisps, place tablespoonfuls of shredded cheese onto the lined baking sheet, about 2 in (5 cm) apart. Bake 6-10 minutes, until spread and melted (watch closely so they don't burn). Transfer to a cooling rack to crisp up.
- Meanwhile, combine the dressing ingredients in a blender. Puree until the mixture is emulsified and bacon pieces are very small. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Add more oil or water to thin out if desired.
- When the cheese chips have crisped up, use your hands or a knife to break them up into bite size pieces.
- Toss the spinach with the dressing. Add the eggs, onions, and tomatoes. Sprinkle cheddar cheese crisps on top.
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Serving size: 1 cup
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