Warm Chicken Spinach Salad with Bacon, Apples & Blue Cheese

This hearty salad cooks up in a flash and hits the spot thanks to a delicious bacon vinaigrette you make right in the pan.

Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 2 TB cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 5 oz package baby spinach
  • 2 cups radicchio, coarsely chopped
  • 6 oz lowfat bacon (center cut loin, ~ 6 slices), cut crosswise into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced (~ 1 large)
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced (~3 ½ cups)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced (~ 1 ¼ cups)
  • 2 TB crumbled blue cheese


Mix vinegar, mustard, salt, & pepper in a small bowl. Toss spinach and radicchio in a large serving bowl. Set aside. 

Place bacon in a large non-stick sauté pan over low heat, cook, stirring frequently, until crispy and browned or ~ 7-8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Increase heat to high, add onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 6-7 minutes or until beginning to brown. Stir in cider mixture and chicken and cook for 1 minute, to heat chicken through. 

Toss warm onion, mushroom, chicken mixture with tossed greens to wilt lightly.  Garnish with bacon, apple and blue cheese and serve warm.