Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad

Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad


One of the things I love about summer is the opportunity to have fresh produce. Growing up in Iowa has been synonymous with from field to table. Summers are awesome because I can hit the farmer’s market and grab a variety of fresh produce that the farmers picked that morning. It’s sure to have a longer shelf life than what I could get at the grocery store. Once winter hits, fresh produce isn’t quite the same. We buy what we need, but spend a lot more time being critical about how good (or not) it looks. Produce loses a good portion of life simply due to the amount of time lost in the transit and distribution.

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

One of the reasons I’ve quit buying cucumbers and some types of lettuce is because it goes bad before I can use it. I’ve tried leaving it in the store packaging, open in the controlled produce drawer or cleaning and placing in a plastic storage bag, but it seems fruitless. Some fruits, some vegetables fail to last very long.

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

That was before I discovered Rubbermaid FreshWorks. Designed with produce in mind, FreshWorks uses patented venting technology to keep produce fresher up to 80%* longer compared to store packaging. (*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.) The lid regulates the flow of oxygen and CO2 while the tray elevates the produce, helping create an environment that helps produce stay fresh. Now, I don’t feel the rush to use produce as I previously did. I can stock vegetables like green beans without the fear of slime. And can we talk about spinach for a minute? One of my favorite salads was Cranberry Feta Salad, but I stopped buying the spinach for the above mentioned “ick” reason. I simply couldn’t go through the container fast enough and usually ended up throwing half of it away. Now, I’m able to purchase a large package at Sam’s Club, use it once and transfer the remainder to my FreshWorks container. While we love the Cranberry Feta Spinach Salad, I’m also nostalgic for the Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing that I regularly ordered at a restaurant when we lived in California. With a combination of spinach greens and onions along with protein-packed eggs and feta, we don’t feel too guilty about the addition of bacon and a dressing made with bacon drippings instead of oil. Want to know how to make it? Here you go!

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad (serves 4)

6 Cups Baby Spinach
8 Slices Bacon
1/2 Small Red onion, diced
2 Hard Boiled Eggs, diced
4 Tbsp Feta Cheese
8 Tbsp Croutons

Warm Bacon Dressing

4 Tbsp Bacon Drippings
4 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 Tsp Stone Ground Mustard (we prefer Boetje’s)
1 Tsp Brown Sugar
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Note: We regularly keep hard boiled eggs in our refrigerator for snacking. If you don’t, then prepare these first to ensure you aren’t waiting on eggs!

In a skillet or other pan, cook bacon until crispy. Chop, dice and prepare all ingredients while the bacon is cooking. Set aside. The key to this salad is the warm dressing and how it helps meld the flavors together so it’s important that the bowls are ready and waiting when the dressing is done.

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

Combine 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, 1 Tbsp Feta cheese and 1/2 hard boiled egg in each serving bowl. Top each with 1 Tbsp croutons. Evenly divide the red onion among the 4 bowls.

Once the bowls have been prepared, you can begin making the dressing. Reserve 4 Tbsp bacon drippings from the pan then discard the remainder. Return the reserved bacon drippings to the pan and turn to low. Add remaining ingredients (vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, salt and pepper) and stir until dissolved, adjusting temperature as needed.

Remove from heat and immediately drizzle over salad mix. This will cause the spinach greens to wilt a little while also softening (and warming) the remaining ingredients. Crumble 1 piece of bacon on top of each, garnish with the second, serve warm and enjoy!

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

While we previously would limit fresh produce purchases, with Rubbermaid FreshWorks we can feel confident in not needing to rush to use them. These containers are made in the USA and are BPA-free. With the addition of 3 new sizes, they can accommodate different vegetables and fruits so you shouldn’t have difficulty finding one that works for your needs.

  • Large Square (11.1 Cups): Perfect for Tomatoes
  • Long Rectangle (8.4 Cups): Great for asparagus or zucchini
  • Small Rectangle (4.0 Cups): Will keep your green beans fresh.
  • Small (2.5 Cups): Ideal for small berries.
  • Medium (6.3 Cups): Perfect for strawberries.
  • Large (17.3 Cups): Optimal for leafy greens.

With produce stored in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers, we can make Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad more often! Delicious warm bacon dressing! - SahmReviews.com

With my new FreshWorks, combined with my Rubbermaid Brilliance containers, I’m able to neatly and confidently store a variety of foods. As a bonus, they’re all dishwasher safe! Rubbermaid dominates my cabinet as well as my refrigerator. You can learn more about Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’re pleased to be able to give away a couple pieces from their set. Enter using the form below.

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Giveaway

Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

77 comments on «Sweet Bacon and Mustard Spinach Salad»

  1. BERRIES- Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries!!!!

    1. Nicole says:

      Yes, Michael! Raspberries and blueberries get gobbled up in the first sitting around here, but we buy strawberries from Sam’s Club that would go bad before the container was empty. Looking forward to putting them in the FreshWorks from here on out.

  2. Victoria Scott says:

    Strawberries! And lettuces! These look great! And that salad looks delicious!

    1. Nicole says:

      Oh, Victoria. Not only does it have bacon, but the dressing uses warm bacon drippings. It’s hard to mess that up! 🙂

  3. shannon fowler says:

    my diced veggies like peppers, onions, and zucchini.

    1. Nicole says:

      Great idea, Shannon. I bet I would be more likely to snack on peppers and other veggies if they were already cut and prepared. I’ve been mostly using these for storage before I prep them!

  4. Heather B. says:


    1. Nicole says:

      I haven’t been able to find the right “hold” time for avocados, but I haven’t bought them since getting these containers. I usually purchase them and eat the same day or the next. Do you buy them ripe or a little under then put them in the fridge?

  5. Ritchie says:

    berries and leafy greens

  6. Natalie says:

    I am excited about storing my tomatoes in these containers!

  7. Ann Fantom says:

    I would use the Rubbermaid FreshWorks to store my blueberries, strawberries and lettuce

  8. Cynthia C says:

    I would use them to store greens and berries along with other produce.

  9. Cathy French says:

    I am most excited about using this for fresh greens/lettuce. I throw it out so often I stopped buying it.

  10. rochelle haynes says:

    I would store my fruits and veggies

  11. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    The Rubbermaid Freshworks containers will be great for lettuce and other greens,

  12. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I am most excited about storing lettuce

  13. Sheila K. says:

    I’ll store my tomatoes and cukes!

  14. Kelly Hanley says:

    blackberries and salads

  15. Abigail Gibson says:

    I love fresh apples and rhubarb.

  16. paige chandler says:

    I will store strawberries and cherries.

  17. Julie Bickham says:

    I would love to store my spinach, cherry tomatoes and onions in these.

  18. Casey the College Celiac says:

    I’d love storing my berries!

  19. Julie Waldron says:

    I would store lettuce in it.

  20. tabetha tlili says:

    Diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce this would be great for

  21. Carla C says:

    I want to store blueberries,peaches, and romaine in it.

  22. Pam says:

    lettuce and other leafy greens

  23. Janet C says:

    I’m most excited about storing spinach and other leafy greens in Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers. They always go bad in the store packaging before I can use it all!

  24. cheryl s says:

    these would be great for diced peaches and nectarines

  25. buttercupcup magoo says:

    Strawberries! And lettuces! These look great!

  26. Darla Peduzzi says:

    I eat a lot of salads, so it would be great for the lettuce. We also eat a lot of strawberries and they go bad sometimes before we can finish them.

  27. Brynn says:

    We go through a lot of berries due to them going bad so this would be great to keep those fresh longer

  28. Tracy DeLoach says:

    There are two things I’m really excited about using Fresh Works for, both Spinach & berries. And yest I have the same issue about not being able to eat it all and then it gets all slimy and yucky.

  29. Ashley Packard says:

    Oh my goodness, that salad look amazing!!

  30. Mya Murphy says:

    It would help with all produce, plus SO much more!!! I’ve never seen such a helpful giveaway!!!

  31. Wanda McHenry says:

    I am most excited about storing greens and berries.

  32. Tyra K says:

    I want to store avacadoes since I can’t finish one in one day.

  33. Andrew W. says:

    This is going to be awesome for my spinach and other leafy greens, we go through a lot, but they never seem to last long enough.

  34. Mike Gist says:

    Sweet storage for all our veggies!

  35. Jay Jackson says:

    I would store my romaine lettuce in them.

  36. Laura says:

    I would like to use this for fresh berries.

  37. Ann Hoag says:

    I would like these containers for spinach and broccoli.

  38. Annmarie W. says:

    I could definitely use these for storing tomatoes, onions & red peppers!

  39. Nancy says:

    I’ll look forward to storing strawberries and mushrooms in FreshWorks containers.

  40. Donna L says:

    I would store my chopped celery, tomatoes and all sorts of fruit.

  41. Jill Rivera says:

    I would storage my salad mixes in the containers. The salad bag does not stay fresh long.

  42. Kimberly B. says:

    Spinach because it is the first thing to wilt and go bad in my refrigerator. i have to throw it out every time.

  43. Judith Watson says:

    Avocado and spinach

  44. Margot C says:

    Cut-up carrots and celery needs to stay crisp!

  45. Tracie Cooper says:

    I am looking forward to storing pineapple and raspberries!

  46. cynthia bowman says:

    These are great!!!

  47. Cheryl Everitt says:

    Storing lettuce is my #1 priority.

  48. Mary Gardner says:

    I would be most excited about storing berries because they always go bad before I can eat all of them.

  49. This would be great for broccoli and strawberries!

  50. Kathy Pease says:

    I would store carrots,broccoli and lettuce

  51. BARBARA SCOTT says:

    Lettuce and berries, they are so hard to keep fresh.

  52. Diana Penn says:


  53. Elizabeth H. says:


  54. Lisa says:

    I would store Strawberries and Grapes

  55. Kelsey Vinson says:

    Fresh fruit and veggies so it’s easier for the kids to snack while doing homework

  56. Eileen Boyce says:

    All kinds of fruit and veggies!

  57. Joy Venters says:


  58. Shane A says:

    We would use these to store the apples we will be using to make apple pies!

  59. Nicole Griffin says:

    My lettuce and the rest of my salad fixings

  60. Jennifer H. says:

    I would put in the container celery and carrots.

  61. amber lee kolb says:

    Lettuce, strawberries, bell peppers, and grapes!

  62. Tracy Shafer says:

    I would use it for my celery. I’m low carb, so I eat an insane amount!

  63. Meme says:

    For me it would be strawberries and grapes

  64. Buddy Garrett says:

    I am excited about storing lettuce, kale, corn and cabbage.

  65. Melody B says:

    The salad looks really good!!

  66. Kim Allmon says:

    I’ve always like the flavor combo of spinach & bacon salad topped with a bacon & mustard vinaigrette dressing…YUM!

  67. Beth Carpenter says:

    We are huge salad eaters so I would store lettuce in it to help prevent it from getting wilted. I try to prep as much as I can so that much is ready quickly. We also have a garden in which we grow quite a few veggies!

  68. Lily Kwan says:

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  69. James says:

    This recepie looks really good!

  70. Ed says:

    Looks like a great salad!

  71. McKnight says:

    This sounds really good. Mmm.. bacon!

  72. Pete Donegan says:

    I love those spinach salads. Reading this makes me want to go get a bag of spinach

  73. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Interesting! I love bacon…..

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