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Bacon, Apple, Walnut & Arugula Salad

Bacon, Apple, celery, red onions, walnuts, manchego cheese and arugala salad in a while bowl

This Bacon, Apple, Walnut & Arugula Salad is perfect anytime of the year 

This salad is delicious, healthy and so easy to throw together in a flash. You can omit the bacon if you’re a vegetarian, or substitute vegetarian bacon. Adding chicken or turkey to this salad can convert it to more of a main dish if you desire more meat. And this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette comes together faster than you could go to the store to buy one, plus it isn’t full of chemicals or preservatives.  

What’s a salad without something green?

Arugula just has this nice peppery flavor that I love. I could graze on it like a cow and without any dressing or anything. I know, I know… Pepé thinks I’m weird too. It is also a lot healthier then head lettuce (ice burg), and with all the E-coli problems that Romaine lettuce keeps incurring, I’m not sure if I can buy Romain ever again. Spring mix would be another nice option, or maybe a spinache and arugula blend. Either way, this is a simple, healthy and delicious salad for anytime of the year. 

Don’t forget the celery

Have you tried celery in a salad? OMG… I love it. Why are people not putting celery in more salads? It has such awesome crunch and just adds to the many delicious layers and textures of this salad.

individual piles of chopped apple, chopped celery, small slices of Manchego cheese, and slices of red onions, all on a wood cutting board with a chef knife.
It’s a salad, so I don’t think I need step-by-step instructions do I?

Bacon, Apple, celery, red onions, walnuts, manchego cheese and arugula salad in a while bowl. Topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Bon Appétit!

 

Cook bacon in advance and without all the mess

I cook several pounds at a time and store it in a bag in the freezer. It’s very convenient to just pull out a piece or two when you need it for things like this salad or my BLT Salad for a super quick dinner. It’s also great for a soup garnish, camping, breakfast sandwiches or if you’re like my husband… he will eat it right out of the freezer. Sometimes I hide it. LOL

raw bacon sandwiched between layers of parchment paper on baking sheet. female hand pulling corner of parchment open to show strips of bacon
Sandwich bacon between layers of parchment paper and bake at 400°F for 12 minutes on one side. Flip bacon and cook for another 2 minutes. Times may vary depending on your oven. The parchment paper prevents the grease from splattering all over your oven. I wish I knew this 30+ years ago. 
Partially cooked bacon on baking sheet, sandwiched between layers of parchment paper. Paper pulled away to show bacon
This is what it looks like when it’s ready to flip. Some people have told me they don’t flip it at all, so feel free to see what works best for you.

Soup and Salad is always a nice combo

Vertical image from overhead of a salad containing bacon, apple, arugala, walnuts, and red onions in the upper left corner, and a bowl with cauliflower soup garnished with green onions and bacon in the bottom right corner.

Shown here with my Lighter & Healthier Cauliflower Soup. Note that the common theme here is BACON. 🙂

Here are some other soups you might like 

Chicken Posolé (Pozole) 

Chicken Posolé soup garnished with limes, red radishes, avocados, jalapeños and cilantro in a white square bowl. There's a nutcracker who looks like a chef in the foreground to the left.

The Best Seafood & Chicken Gumbo 

seafood & chicken gumbo in a white bowl on a tan granite countertop with a nutcracker that looks like a chef

Minestrone Soup 

Minestrone Soup in a square white bowl with a nutcracker who looks like a chef in the foreground on the left.

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock in a Crockpot  

Large 8 cup glass measuring cup with brown chicken stock in it. It's setting on a granite counter top and there's a nutcracker who looks like a chef in the foreground on the left.

Bacon, Apple, Walnut & Arugula Salad

This salad is delicious, healthy and so easy to throw together in a flash. You can omit the bacon if you’re a vegetarian. Or you can add chicken or turkey for more of a main dish. 
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Arugala
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Manchego Cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 1/2 Cup Celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion (sliced)
  • 4 Slices Cooked Chopped Bacon (see my note about cooking bacon in advance and all at once)
  • 1/2 Cup Gala or Fuji Apple (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss. Or, nicely arrange 1/2 of each of the ingredients in two separate bowls and drizzle with dressing for a prettier presentation.

homemade balsamic vinaigrette in a glass bowl with a white silicone whisk that has a copper handle. There's a nutcracker that looks like a chef in the foreground on the left.

Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette comes together faster than you could go to the store to buy one, plus it isn’t full of chemicals or preservatives.
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil (or Canola - see note below)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Herbs de Provence (or herb blend of choice – basil will work too)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the oil, then gradually wisk the oil in until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Transfer to a small jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Note: If using olive oil, the oil will harden when refrigerated (unlike canola oil). Simply Microwave a vessel of water large enough to hold the bottle or jar that the dressing is in for 2 minutes. Place the bottle of dressing in that warm water. It will loosen up in a few minutes. Or, take it out of the fridge a few hours earlier. Shake to mix and pour over salad. Enjoy.
*Note: I always precook all my bacon (several pounds at a time and store in the freezer for convenience)

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