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Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe

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This Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe is made with fresh baby spinach, avocado, and tomatoes and topped with perfectly seasoned shrimp and crispy bacon with a red wine vinaigrette on top.

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It’s the middle of summer which means more light dinners. That means more salad for our household. This salad has quickly become a favorite as it’s full of flavor and fresh ingredients. Who doesn’t love a salad that has beautiful flavorful plump shrimp and crispy bacon?

This recipe is an adaptation of an Applebee’s salad that appears on their menu. The first time I made this recipe, I skipped the bacon and avocado and opted for walnuts instead. It was good but the addition of bacon just takes this salad over the top. I also add avocado because it’s amazing and fits right in with the other ingredients of this recipe. 

shrimp spinach salad recipe in a bowl with vinaigrette on the side

I top this salad with a homemade vinaigrette for the perfect weeknight meal or lunch. 

How to make Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad

First prepare your seasoned vinaigrette. I add red wine vinegar, white sugar, salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil in a small mason jar and shake vigorously to combine. Using a mason jar is such an easy way to create salad dressings and I can store leftover dressing in the same jar. 

Set aside vinaigrette to prepare the other ingredients. 

Next, season your clean peeled and deveined shrimp with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sugar, smoked paprika, sage, onion powder and set aside. 

Next, grab a salad bowl and place baby spinach, red onion, tomato, and avocado and toss until combined. Set aside. 

salad in bowl

Grab a cold skillet and place your bacon in the skillet and cook over medium heat. You’ll want to cook your bacon until its crisp on both sides. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel.

bacon in a skillet

Remove excess bacon grease from the skillet, leaving about 2 Tbsp in the skillet. Add shrimp to skillet and cook on medium-high heat until both sides are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.

shrimp in skillet

Place bacon and shrimp on top and serve with prepared vinaigrette. Enjoy 🙂

salad dressing being poured over salad in bowl

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Pro Tips:

  • This salad is perfect for making ahead. Just store the salad portion, the salad dressing, and the shrimp and bacon separately. Reheat shrimp and bacon when ready to serve.
  • If bacon isn’t your thing, omit it. I’ve subbed walnuts instead before and it was still delicious.

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Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe

This Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe is made with fresh spinach, avocado, and tomatoes and topped with perfectly seasoned shrimp and crispy bacon with a tangy vinaigrette on top.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword spinach salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 599kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Bacon

Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shrimp

  • 1 lb Large Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Ground Sage
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Salad

  • 8 cups Baby Spinach
  • ½ Red Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado pitted and chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes chopped

Instructions

  • Add red wine vinegar, white sugar, salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper and extra virgin olive oil in a small mason jar and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Next, season your clean peeled and deveined shrimp with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ground sage, onion powder, smoked paprika, and sugar. Set aside.
  • Next, grab a salad bowl and place spinach, red onion, tomato, and avocado and toss until combined. Set aside.
  • Grab a cold skillet and place your bacon in the skillet and cook over medium heat, flipping halfway, until it's crisp on both sides. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel.
  • Remove excess bacon grease from the skillet, leaving about 2 Tbsp in the skillet. Add shrimp to skillet and cook on medium-high heat until both sides are cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Place bacon and shrimp on top of salad and serve with prepared vinaigrette.

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Notes

  • This would be a great salad for meal prep. 

Nutrition

Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 300mg | Sodium: 1953mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5885IU | Vitamin C: 27.6mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 4.7mg
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Edie Kubic

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Loved this recipe will be making it a lot from now on !!

Edie Kubic

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Omg this is so good I made it for me & my husband & I will be making it for a lot more from now on it is so delicious my husband even loved it...its a keeper ...thanks so much for the recipe .

Tanya

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Awesome! So glad you liked it :)

Ashley

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

Love the easy shrimp and combination of flavors! I even make this for meal prep.

Dara Michalski

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

You can't beat shrimp, bacon and avocado together. This recipe is a keeper!