My Favorite Garden Salad with Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette

21 Apr

Paleo Garden Salad

This is my favorite “go-to” salad when I only have 15 minutes or less to whip something up. The dressing is a Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette that is made with reserved bacon drippings from the last batch of bacon I made. It’s perfectly good to save your bacon grease for future cooking, but I would only recommend it if you are using “nitrate free” uncured bacon. I keep my bacon grease in a small container in the fridge, using it in various dressings, pancakes ( YES pancakes), and grilling/frying dishes. It adds a wonderful flavor to your food….which why wouldn’t it???? Its BACON, for crying out loud! Hope you enjoy 🙂


  • 4 cups of spinach leaves ( 4 sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced radishes
  • 1/4 cup of red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley
  • dash of salt and pepper


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of bacon grease ( heat reserved grease slightly to melt it)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard or stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon of light balsamic vinegar ( it’s not the brown kind- its a yellow/clear color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey

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