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Bacon, Pecan and Apple Salad

Who said that salad can’t make a fantastic camping meal? Well, we’ve heard rumors of disgruntled folk who don’t believe salad belongs at the campsite. We’d like to change their minds. We get it, when you think of spending a weekend outdoors camping you’re thinking s’mores not salad. And believe us, we want those s’mores too. But we also enjoy a fresh, delicious salad on a warm summer day. Plus we like to add bacon to our salad. And fruit. And nuts. Oh and a kick a** dressing. So believe us when we say that we were a little blown away by just how well this bacon, pecan, and apple salad turned out.

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Bacon, Pecan and Apple Salad

Salads really are an easy camping meal because they can be thrown together fast and eaten quickly for a family that is on the go for the weekend. This salad is easy to throw together at the campsite but is best if some items are prepared at home. Bacon is easy to prepare ahead of time and store in a container and the dressing can be whipped together quickly and stored as well.

We originally found this recipe over at Laurens Latest and we’re able to make a few adaptions to make it an easy camping meal. This bacon, pecan and apple salad meshes so many amazing flavors and is all brought together with the mustardy tang of the balsamic dressing. Even the kids devoured this salad and we all know how hard it can be to get kids to eat salad!

Bacon, Pecan and Apple Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4

  • 6 cups red leaf lettuce, washed and torn
  • 1 sweet apple, diced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 tbsp pecans, toasted
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and cut in strips
For the dressing:
  • ½ tsp diced garlic
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste

  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  2. Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl. Toss dressing with salad and serve.


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