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Spinach Salad with Bacon and Poppy Seed Dressing

This salad is actually one of my very favorite dishes on this planet. It’s made with spinach and topped with crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese. On top goes a Poppy Seed Dressing that is delightfully sweet and just a tiny bit creamy. If you’re not licking your plate (literally) by the time your salad is gone, I’ll be very surprised!
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Course: appetizers, Salad
Cuisine: north american
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


Salad Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz bag of spinach
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup bacon fried and crumbled, about 10 slices

Poppyseed Dressing

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 small, sweet yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp poppyseeds


  • Put all dressing ingredients except poppyseeds in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the poppyseeds into the dressing and mix with a spoon to combine.
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl and pour desired amount of dressing on top. Toss salad and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes for best results.


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Spinach: My aunt has always removed the stems from the spinach leaves, but I think this is too much work. I just use a pre-washed bag of spinach.  
  • Bacon: I love thick-cut bacon. 
  • Cheddar Cheese: I use sharp, pre-shredded cheddar cheese. 
  • Poppy Seeds: These can be found with the spices at your grocery store
  • Onion: Use a sweet onion. Peel the skin off and cut the onion in half or quarters
  • Sugar: Granulated Sugar
  • Fry the bacon up as full pieces, THEN cut it into bacon bits. It is so much easier to cut the already cooked bacon
  • There is no need to chop the onion. Simply cut it in half (or quarters) and place it in the blender from there.The blender will do the rest
  • Dress the salad about 10 minutes before serving it. Though I don’t normally like soggy salad, this salad in particular is much better when the dressing has had some time to soften the spinach leaves
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