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Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad Recipe

It’s so much easier to eat salads when they’re exciting. So make this Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad recipe for your next meal and it’ll be devoured by the whole family.

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Romaine lettuce on a white tray with bleu cheese crumbles, crumbled bacon, and white dressing on top with the words "Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad" digitally written on top.

We like having a side salad with dinner. For years I would just buy a plastic container of mixed greens and baby spinach and serve it in bowls. It was a good way to get some extra vegetables into our dinner, but it was such a boring salad. We were never excited to eat it and would end up with old salad by the end that we didn’t want to waste, so we forced ourselves to power through it.

And then I declared this was the year of fancy salad. I stopped buying that boring box of greens and started making salads with romaine lettuce, fresh vegetables, and simple dressing.

We go through so much lettuce now and actually look forward to having salad as a side dish now.

Sure, it takes a little more prep time for me to cut vegetables and grab dressing ingredients to whip up a quick vinaigrette (of course, I sometimes use bottled dressing because it’s just easier). But it’s so worth it. These salads are some of our favorite recipes now.

One of our favorite salads that have come out of fancy salad year is this Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad. It’s really quick to assemble and is great for bleu cheese fans. We use freshly cooked crispy bacon in this, but you could use bagged bacon pieces if you wanted to make it a little easier.

And yes, this recipe is so simple and maybe doesn’t warrant a full blog post. But if you’re like we were, stuck in a rut of boring salads, sometimes you just need some inspiration. Hopefully this is that inspiration.

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Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad Recipe

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Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad Ingredients:

How To Make Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad:

Chopped raw bacon on a blue cutting board.

Cut the bacon into small pieces.

Raw chopped bacon pieces in a skillet.

Add the bacon pieces to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until they’re crispy, about seven minutes.

Set them aside on a paper towel-lined plate, then dab them with a paper towel to remove excess grease.

Romaine lettuce cut in half on a lime green cutting board.

Cut the romaine lettuce in half.

Quick note: If your romaine lettuce doesn’t come prewashed, you’re going to want to rinse it under cold water and then pat it dry before serving it. Don’t skip the patting it dry part. If you put creamy dressing onto wet lettuce, it will slide off and end up in the bottom of your bowl.

Salad dressing being poured on cut romaine lettuce halves.

Put it down, cut side up, on a serving tray.

Sprinkle each half with the salt.

Drizzle the bleu cheese dressing over the cut side of the lettuce.

Quick note: We use a store-bought dressing, but if you have a homemade bleu cheese dressing that you like, by all means, use that.

Bleu cheese crumbles and white salad dressing on romaine lettuce halves.

Sprinkle the bleu cheese crumbles across the lettuce.

Bacon pieces and bleu cheese crumbles and white salad dressing on romaine lettuce halves.

Sprinkle the crisp bacon crumbles on top of the salad as well.

I serve one half per person. To eat it, we usually cut it across the width into smaller pieces, like how I cut our Greek lettuce salad, and eat it that way.

If you need to serve it to a crowd, you can cut the romaine lettuce into pieces and put them in a larger salad bowl. Then, dress it and add the rest of the ingredients. You can put that on the table and set a small bowl at each person’s seat. Then, let them serve themselves.

Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad halves on a white tray.

Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use bleu cheese?

If you’re not a fan of bleu cheese and still want to make this, no big deal. Try swapping the bleu cheese for feta cheese instead. Then, you can use a feta-based salad dressing instead of the bleu cheese dressing. If you skip the bleu cheese, this is a totally different salad, but it will still be delicious.

Can you use iceberg lettuce?

I prefer using romaine lettuce when I’m making salads because it’s really easy to cut, unlike a large head of lettuce, which is just a little more effort.

If all you have is iceberg lettuce, you can use that in this salad recipe. Just chop it first, then layer the other toppings on top of the lettuce.

Can you make this ahead of time?

If you’re pressed for time, you can make the bacon ahead of time. That can sit.

But, we don’t recommend making the rest of the salad ahead of time. If you dress a salad too early, you end up with soggy salads and no one wants to eat that.

How can you save leftovers?

That’s the only thing that’s a little bit of a bummer about fancy salads. Once they’re dressed, they get soggy. So, you could save leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, but it won’t be as good the next time you want it.

We serve one half of a head of romaine lettuce per adult, so just make this recipe with that math in mind to assure you don’t have leftovers.

Can you make this into a dinner salad?

If you want to serve this as a main dish, I suggest seasoning chicken breast with garlic powder, salt, and lemon pepper. Chop it into cubes and cook it in the bacon fat leftover from cooking the bacon. If you made the bacon ahead of time and don’t have any bacon fat left over, you can use a little olive oil instead. Cook until the chicken is a light golden brown (and 165 F, of course).

Then, add a portion of chicken to each salad.

What can you serve with Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad?

This bleu cheese and bacon salad works really well with mild proteins, since the tangy blue cheese of the salad is really flavorful. You don’t want it to compete with other strong flavors.

So, we suggest serving it with roast chicken or chicken shish kabobs.

Grilled Caesar Salad with homemade grilled croutons.

More Romaine Lettuce Salads:

If you bought a three pack of romaine lettuce and now have two leftover, you can make our Grilled Caesar Salad (with homemade grilled croutons) or our Maroulosalata (Greek Lettuce Salad) With Olives. Or both. They’re both really good salad ideas.

Yield: 2 Servings

Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad

It’s so much easier to eat salads when they’re exciting. So make this Bacon And Bleu Cheese Salad recipe for your next meal and it’ll be devoured by the whole family.

Cook Time 7 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz. bleu cheese dressing
  • 4 oz. bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces.
  2. Add the bacon pieces to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until they’re crispy, about seven minutes.
  3. Set them aside on a paper towel-lined plate, then dab them with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  4. Cut the romaine lettuce in half.
  5. Put it down, cut side up, on a serving tray.
  6. Sprinkle each half with the salt.
  7. Drizzle the bleu cheese dressing over the cut side of the lettuce.
  8. Sprinkle the bleu cheese crumbles across the lettuce.
  9. Sprinkle the crisp bacon crumbles on top of the salad as well.

Notes

Make half a romaine head per person.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 552Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 85mgSodium 2495mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 7gSugar 5gProtein 28g

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