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Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta is a delicious healthy salad that’s perfect for lunch! This tasty salad is also Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free and I’d eat it as an occasional treat for the South Beach Diet as well. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

I think spinach salad is a beautiful thing. Not only does it taste fantastic, but according to The World’s Healthiest Foods “Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food.”  And this Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta, has just enough bacon and Feta to make it delicious.

When I made the salad for a dinner with my niece, her husband, and a friend we used just one strip of pre-cooked bacon per serving, but of course you can use more bacon if you prefer!  If you use extra bacon this a great low-carb or Keto salad. Whether you use a little or a lot of bacon, this salad will be delicious.

I’d love this Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta as a side dish salad for dinner, but I also love the idea of a big salad with leafy greens for lunch, and the combination of bacon and Feta is really a winner for my tastebuds. It’s Spring when you’re probably starting to think about eating more salads, so I’m reminding you of this favorite salad of mine; enjoy!

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

Start with pre-cooked bacon and crisp it in a pan, until the fat bubbles up like this or just cook slices of regular bacon, which will produce a bit more fat. I used a 5-ounce package of organic baby spinach to make this salad for four people.

Crumble enough feta so you have about 1 tablespoon for each salad you’re making. After you remove the bacon from the pan, remove some bacon grease from the pan if desired (depending on which type of bacon you used and your own preferences), and then heat the dressing for a minute or so.  (Sorry, forget to take a photo of that!)  Then toss the spinach with the hot dressing.

Toss the salad again with the crumbled bacon.  Put the salad on individual plates or in a serving bowl and sprinkle the feta over.  Serve right away.

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

This would be great with Very Greek Grilled Chicken, Easy Low-Carb Air Fryer Fish Sticks, or Low-Carb Baked Greek Meatballs for a low-carb meal.

More Spinach Salads You May Like:

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Bacon, Sweet Potato, Pomegranate Spinach Salad ~ Family Fresh Cooking
Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Almonds ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spinach Salad with Chicken, Orange, and Avocado ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta is a delicious healthy salad that’s perfect for lunch or as a side dish for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • Two large handfuls fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 strip bacon,  (I use the pre-cooked bacon that needs refrigeration; use whichever type of bacon you prefer.)
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil or bacon grease, whichever you prefer
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic puree or crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 T crumbled Feta cheese

Directions:

  1. For precooked bacon like I used, heat small frying pan, add bacon and cook 2-3 minutes, until bacon starts to crisp.
  2. Turn bacon over and cook on the second side until bacon is as crisp as you’d like it. (Precooked bacon will take less than 5 minutes total to crisp; if you start with raw bacon it will take longer.)
  3. Remove bacon to cool and blot bacon with paper towel to remove some fat if you prefer. Wipe out pan with a paper towel if you prefer to use olive oil in the dressing or leave the bacon fat if you’d like to use that.
  4. Put spinach into large bowl, big enough to toss salad in.
  5. Combine olive oil or bacon grease, balsamic vinegar, and garlic puree in small bowl and whisk together.
  6. Put pan back on heat, add oil-vinegar-garlic combination and heat until just starting to bubble, then pour immediately over spinach and toss.
  7. Arrange salad on serving plate, crumble feta over, and serve.

Notes:

Recipe adapted from this spinach salad found on RecipeZaar.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I hope the bacon police won’t come after me if I say if you cook the bacon carefully and blot off some fat, I would happily eat this Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta for any phase of the South Beach Diet. But if you’re a South Beach Diet follower who feels strongly about avoiding bacon, I advise substituting Canadian Bacon or turkey bacon in this salad, crisping it a bit in the olive oil.  It would also be suitable for most other types of low-carb eating plans, which would prefer starting with raw bacon and using bacon grease in the dressing.

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23 comments on “Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta”

  1. I love spinach salads! My favorite is spinach with fresh strawberries…with a poppyseed dressing! Yum!!

  2. I wish your recipes had the nutritional values listed (carbs, sugars, proteins, etc…)!

    • There is a reason why I am currently not able to add nutritional information to the site. More than a year ago I switched my site to WordPress, which created the need to edit by hand to add more than 2,000 recipes to the preferred format for google. I have been working on that for more than a year, so there is no possibility of me being able to calculate nutritional information until that project is completed. And I know that once I start doing nutrition info on one recipe people will expect to see it on every recipe, which is why I have decided to keep these two projects completely separate.

      If you look after the recipe itself, I give two links (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestions of two ways to get that information. That’s all I am able to do at this time.

      Believe me, how I wish I could add the nutritional information easily, but calculating that for more than 2,000 recipes is a huge undertaking. Thanks for understanding.

    • BTW, the information in Yummly for this recipe looks like it’s pretty accurate to me. They do a good job on recipes like this where the ingredients are common ones.

  3. Nice to know that it was good with turkey bacon as well, and I love the idea of adding arugula to this!

  4. This salad was so amazing that I made it two meals in a row!

    I used turkey bacon and it was good.

    I also added ARUGULA to the spinach mix and the peppery flavor was a very nice compliment to the feta and bacon.

    Thanks for such incredible eats!

  5. Dara, so true, and thanks for the great salad bowl!

  6. Simple, fresh and full of flavor. I could happily eat this everyday for lunch. I don't use a lot of bacon anymore either, but it's amazing how much flavor just one strip can provide to a salad like this.

  7. Lydia, I only like the pre-cooked bacon that has to be refrigerated, but that's the only bacon I buy now. I like Costco brand, but there are probably other good ones too.

  8. I love this salad, and I'm encouraged now to try pre-cooked bacon for the first time. I always see it in the store, but have never used it.

  9. Kim, hope you like it as much as I do!

  10. This is the first time I've seen this recipe, and it looks simply divine. I think a simple spinach salad is definitely my favourite salad of all time: nutritious, guilt-free and delicious, what more could I want?

  11. Love salads! Love balsamic vinegar! Love feta cheese!

    Sounds awesome!

  12. Yum. Feta and spinach can’t go wrong. 🙂

  13. Hi Kalyn! My family loves any kind of salad so this would be a big hit as we like all the ingredients. Cheers!

  14. I love salads and I love this one. Can’t wait to try it!

    Paz

  15. Tanna, you are so kind. I love the idea of pairing this with fish, just brilliant.

    Maria, strawberries and spinach, what a great combination.

    Lindy, the salad you’re describing sounds fantastic. Isn’t spinach salad just such a wonderful thing. Pears roasted in butter, they sound a bit decadent, but I bet they were amazing tasting too.

  16. mmmmmmm…there’s nothing better than spinach, bacon, and feta. One of my favorite taste combos. Looks great!

  17. Simple and delicious, what more could you want?

  18. Yum. Sometimes I get a craving for spinach salad so strong that it seems like it must be a physiological manifestation of a need for some nutrient. (maybe iron?) It is so delicious in many forms.
    Most recently, I’ve been eating a toned down version of a fantastic restaurant one I had. It’s got spinach, pears, arugula, crumbly blue and/or cheddar cheese, and a garlic buttermilk dressing.
    How is this in any way “toned down?” You may well ask. In addition to the dressing and cheese, the restaurant version included pears roasted in butter. (I asked) Oi .

  19. I love spinach salads! My favorite is spinach with fresh strawberries…with a poppyseed dressing! Yum!!

  20. This is either lunch or dinner, with Tilapia if dinner!
    Beautiful – you are so detailed, your site is so fantastic!! I don’t see how you can make it better but you always seem to be improving!

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