Warm spinach salad with bacon, chicken, and blue cheese

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
44 min
18 min
16 min
This super-satisfying salad can work as a hearty side for an outdoor barbecue or dinner party, but is also filling enough to star as the entrée. The sauce for the chicken and veggies, which essentially serves as the dressing, comes together quickly and features cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper—that's it! We call for spinach and radicchio, but feel free to use any sturdy greens you may have on hand. After the bacon is pan-seared, sauté some red onions and cremini mushrooms before adding the chicken and sauce. Layer the chicken mixture on top of the greens, then top with sliced Granny Smith apples and crumbled blue cheese as the finishing touch.


Cider vinegar

2 Tbsp

Dijon Mustard

1 tsp

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Fresh baby spinach

5 oz, (1 bag)

Uncooked radicchio

2 cup(s), lightly packed, coarsely chopped

Uncooked reduced/low sodium bacon

6 slice(s), cut crosswise into bite-size pieces

Cremini mushroom(s)

½ pound(s), sliced (about 3 1/2-cups)

Uncooked red onion(s)

1 large, thinly sliced

Cooked skinless boneless chicken breast(s)

1 pound(s), cut into bite-size pieces

Fresh apple(s)

1 large, Granny Smith, unpeeled, halved, cored, and thinly sliced

Blue cheese

¼ cup(s), crumbled


  1. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Toss together spinach and radicchio in salad bowl; set aside.
  3. Cook bacon in large heavy skillet until crisp and browned, about 8 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel–lined plate to drain. Do not clean skillet.
  4. Set same skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook, stirring, until onion begins to brown, about 6 minutes. Add vinegar mixture and chicken; cook, stirring, until chicken is warmed through, about 1 minute. Add to spinach mixture and toss until spinach is slightly wilted. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with bacon, apple, and blue cheese; toss until combined. Serve warm.
  5. Per serving: 1 1/2 cups