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Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad

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This easy salad is big on flavor with tart apples, salty bacon, and savory goat cheese with mixed greens and a simple homemade honey mustard dressing.

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Spring salad mix topped with sliced apples, goat cheese crumbles, and bacon crumbles.

I love the amazing salads that you can get at restaurants but I used to rarely make them at home. Then I realized how easy they were to make at home and I felt silly that I had been missing out all these years.

This salad checks off all the boxes- the tart apples, salty bacon, savory goat cheese, and slightly sweet dressing are an amazing combination! I made it for my in-laws once and figured I should make a double batch. They usually don’t eat much so I wasn’t too worried. I was shocked when everyone came back for seconds!

What apples would be good for this salad?

Any of the more tart apples that are similar to granny smith like Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, McIntosh, or Pink Lady will work well in green salads.

A knife next to sliced granny smith apples

Some tips and tricks

Slice the apples nice and thin, I used the Swiss Diamond paring knife which is perfect for this quick task. Thick apples will be harder to spear along with salad and no one wants flying apples at the dinner table.

Also, I like to use the Costco precooked bacon pieces for dishes like this so I don’t have to spend a ton of time cooking bacon. I keep it in the freezer and take out just what I need. Microwave or pan fry briefly and you are all set.

Lastly, goat cheese is very sticky. I like to try and break mine up before I open the package so I don’t end up with a ton of goat cheese stuck to my fingers. It’s good for threatening to touch your children but depending on your personality that might not be your thing.

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A bowl of Apple Bacon Salad next to salad tongs and a bowl of dressing.

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Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad

Spring salad mix topped with sliced apples, goat cheese crumbles, and bacon crumbles.

Apple Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad

This easy salad is big on flavor with tart apples, salty bacon, and savory goat cheese with mixed greens and a simple homemade honey mustard dressing.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

For Salad:

  • 1/4 cup bacon chopped
  • 10 oz spring salad mix
  • 1 granny smith apple thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese crumbled

For Honey Mustard salad dressing:

  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place salad mix, sliced apples, crumbled goat cheese, and bacon crumbles.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together salad dressing ingredients until oil is fully incorporated and doesn't immediately separate.  
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. 
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