There are some flavor combinations that just seem like a match made in heaven. Tomato and basil, cilantro and lime, soy and sesame. Candied bacon and goat cheese. Sundays at our house always mean big family meals. This past Sunday was “I Love Bacon Sunday Dinner.” We enjoyed candied bacon, BLT’s on homemade french bread, and this candied bacon & goat cheese salad.
I love this salad because of how well the flavors compliment each other. The candied bacon is sweet, salty, and slightly smokey. The goat cheese crumbles lend a fresh, tangy bite that pairs so well with the candied bacon. And to that we add sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette.
It’s All About The Bacon
The star of this dish is the candied bacon, obviously. I teach you how to make it here–> Candied Bacon Recipe. You can also sometimes purchase candied bacon from a local butcher, or online.
Of course, you do have the option to substitute regular bacon, but you will be missing the bites of sweetness from that delicious caramelized sugar.
Why Goat Cheese?
My family’s obsession with bacon is a permanent part of our life. But I’ve recently developed a new love of goat cheese!
I love the creamy texture and the sweet, tangy taste. And it pairs so well with so many things! With a little honey and fruit jam or in savory dishes like my sausage and goat cheese frittata.
Additionally, I’ve been trying to substitute goat cheese in wherever I can because it is so healthy for you! The proteins and fats in goat cheese are much more digestible for us than those in cheese made with cow’s milk. It also has lower sodium than cow’s milk cheese, which will help balance the sodium from the bacon.
How To Enjoy Your Candied Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad
This ain’t your every day side salad. It carries its weight at the table. I serve this salad with simple main dishes. A simple sandwich, roasted chicken, or grilled meat. You might even choose to serve this salad as an entree, perhaps adding some grilled chicken, or along side a homemade bread.
I would stay away from serving this salad with more complex entrees. This candied bacon and goat cheese salad is perfect for a cookout or potluck.
Candied Bacon & Goat Cheese Salad
- 3 cups roughly chopped romaine lettuce
- 2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach
- 1 cup candied bacon, cut into half inch slices
- ¾ cup goat cheese crumbles
- ½ cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
- ½ cup walnut pieces
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp coarse kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepepr
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix together romaine and spinach, layer the other salad ingredients atop the greens.
- In a blender, mix together all dressing ingredients but the olive oil. With the blender on low, slowly stream in the olive oil.
- Dress the salad lightly just before serving. Enjoy!
I want your feedback!
If you made this salad, I want to know how it went! What did you serve it with? Did you make any changes! Drop me a message and let me know!