Fall Harvest Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

In this fall harvest salad, apples, pecans and blue cheese are tossed with greens and bacon. The salad is then drizzled with a warm maple bacon vinaigrette!

Have you heard the talk of a bacon shortage come 2013?

What’s up with that? “They” are calling it Bacogeddon or-or my personal favorite Aporkalypse. I can barely say it let ALONE type it without giggling. A-pork-alypse… hahahahahah hee ho ho. See?

No seriously, whatever will the world do without bacon?

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I refuse to read a single article about it because I’d like to live by the rule that if I ignore it, then it doesn’t really exist. Sounds perfectly logical to me.  I prefer to use this technique with a lot of things like calories, exercise and dusting.

Now, might I add… that what I did hear was not good… and that next year it’s going to cost an arm and a snout for a pound of bacon.

Sorry I couldn’t resist.

I already think bacon is crazy expensive… so I can’t even imagine how much more they could raise the price. What, seven dollars a pound? Honestly… I’d probably pay it. BUT before Aporkalypse happens, if I were you I’d make this salad… or just make the dressing and drink it from a glass.

First start by frying up 4 strips of bacon. I removed the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate and moved the skillet to the back burner while I pulled the salad and dressing together.

To make the warm maple vinaigrette, first measure out 1/3 cup of REAL maple syrup. None of that phony maple-flavored business.

Add the REAL maple syrup into a small jar or bowl.

Then measure in 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard (I’m really feeling the Dijon these days, can’t-cha tell?).

Add in two tablespoons of red wine vinegar.

Then add about a 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

And whisk to combine and set off to the side.

Now it’s time to prep the salad add-ins. Start by slicing up a Honeycrisp apple. In my book, Honeycrisps are pretty much the best apples ever. And not only are they the best apple ever but they were on sale too! I love when that happens.

Grab a 5 ounce package of your favorite lettuce blend, or chop up a couple heads of romaine.

Throw them into a gigantic bowl.

Then add in the sliced Honeycrisps…

The pecans…

Then the blue cheese…

And lastly, but not leastly, crumble up that bacon and add that in as well.

Give the fall harvest salad a toss.

Now let’s finish up making the vinaigrette.

Re-heat the bacon drippings over medium/medium-high heat.

While the pan is heating; finely dice up a good sized shallot.

Add the chopped shallot into the hot bacon fat. Mmmmhmmmm.

Once the shallots are softened; whisk in the mustardy-maple-goodness.

Then bring to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened. About 3-5 minutes.

Pour the dressing into a fancy-schmancy serving vessel and allow it to cool a tad before pouring over your harvest salad. Remember the dressing is suppose to be warm and not hot.

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Serve up some of that salad, and drizzle the warm maple bacon vinaigrette over top.

Hands down my newest and most favorite-ist salad. I could eat this all day long. In fact, I DID eat this all day long!

Enjoy! And if you give this Fall Harvest Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Fall Harvest Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

In this fall harvest salad, apples, pecans and blue cheese are tossed with greens and bacon. The salad is then drizzled with a warm maple bacon vinaigrette!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10-15 minutes


4 strips of Applewood Bacon, cooked, crumbled and bacon fat reserved

1/3 cup Real Maple Syrup

3 tablespoons Whole Grain Dijon Mustard

2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Shallot, finely diced

1 {5 oz.} package of your favorite Lettuce

1 small Honeycrisp Apple, sliced

1/4 cup Pecan Halves

1/4 Blue Cheese, or more to taste


Combine the maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper into a small bowl or jar and set aside.

Toss together the lettuce, sliced apples, pecans, blue cheese and crumbled bacon.

Reheat the bacon fat over medium/ medium-high heat.

Sauté diced shallot until softened. While whisking, gradually add in the jar of maple/mustard mixture. Simmer for 3-5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Plate up the salads and serve the warm maple bacon dressing drizzled over the top.

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21 Responses to “Fall Harvest Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette”

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    Rina@Itheecook — October 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    There is a restaurant out here that makes a similar salad and it’s to die for. I love crisp apples and cool lettuce combined in a salad not to mention bacon! You can’t ever go wrong there!

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    Jay — October 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    What a perfect salad Laurie!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    No such thing as a bacon shortage *la la la la la* (fingers in my ears and eyes shut) lol

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    Blog is the New Black — October 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Wait, WHAT?! Is this a joke?

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    That vinaigrette definitely sealed the deal for me! (How could it not?!)

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    Cassie — October 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Amazing dressing, Laurie! I love dijon and shallots in dressings!

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    April — October 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Oh the color! and that dressing! Do you have a cookbook yet? You need one!

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I’m with you on the real maple syrup thing. I hate when a restaurant says the pancakes come with maple syrup, and then they bring out the pancake syrup. I never would have ordered the pancakes had I known!!!!
    I love a good vinaigrette, and this is a good vinaigrette.

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    Monet — October 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Bacon does so much in the flavor department. And it can turn a salad into something extraordinary! What a satisfying recipe! Thank you for sharing…and whetting my appetite for dinner. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — October 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Wonderful flavors here! I’m not too worried about the bacon shortage. I think it will be available if we need it, just really expensive. As long as I can my fix every now and then I’ll survive 🙂

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    Courtney — October 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This family will be in SERIOUS trouble if there’s a bacon shortage. We love Kunzler bacon and have it every Saturday. It’s a little more expensive than other brands in our grocery store, so I already stock up when it’s on sale. It freezes really well, so I guess I’ll start buying extra extra. :<}

    Yummy salad!!!!!

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    Missy — October 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my word! This sounds unbelievable!!

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    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life — October 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    OOOOh yea, this looks insanely good! I think the bacon shortage is just a bunch of crap. Just like every year they say gas will go up to $10 a gallon by the end of summer and it never does?! Yea…like that.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I am living by the same motto – if I don’t hear about it, it doesn’t exist. Apparently we need to raise a few pigs in our back yard, so I can have a source of bacon. Or I need to start buying it now, and freeze it.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — October 7, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Gorgeous salad! A really lovely balance of sweet and savory ingredients.

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    Julia (the roasted root) — October 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    The bacon shortage is cracking me up too. I think there will be a lot of disappointed bacon lovers out there…I adore bacon but admit that less of it to go around is probably a good thing. Your salad looks DELICIOUS! I’ll have to get on the recipe before our nation runs out of bacon! 😉

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    Anna @ Hidden Ponies — October 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I had no idea this shortage was happening – but I’m with you, if you ignore it I’m sure it won’t happen 🙂 This salad looks amazing!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    this looks like the perfect fall salad to have! especially after the weekend I had with all the bad eating, i’m all up for this! 🙂

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    kita — October 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Hahahaha, love it – Aporkalypse! I’m stealing that.

    This maple bacon dressing sounds KILLER! I am not a salad person – but I may be making myself this just for the dressing… Orrrr I could just make the dressing and lick it up without the greens.

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    Karen — April 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I found your recipe for Maple Bacon Vinaigrette from a Google search and just want to say thanks for posting it, ESPECIALLY with pictures. I love maple syrup and think more things should be sweetened with it (or honey) instead of sugar. And how can you go wrong with BACON! – Worlds most perfect food. I’m going to share this on FB.

    • simplyscratch replied: — April 10th, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

      I agree! I swear it’s a rule I live by… if I can use honey or maple syrup instead, I do! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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