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Bacon Avocado Salad

Everyone in my family loves this bacon and avocado salad—even the younger kids! I serve it at pretty much every get-together I've hosted, and at this point, the recipe's been shared too many times to count. —Noreen McCormick Danek, Cromwell, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • SALAD:
  • 1 bunch romaine, chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 3/4 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or feta cheese


  • Place first 6 ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well until blended. Refrigerate until serving.
  • In a large bowl, combine romaine, bacon, tomatoes and onion. Toss avocados with lemon juice and add to salad. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with dressing, shaking the jar to blend again if needed.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 339 calories, 31g fat (7g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Patrick
    Jul 27, 2020

    I was actually looking through my recipe box and found this one again. I saved it a while back for later and never made it. What a mistake! This hit on all cylinders. It’s tasty, healthy, and quite filling. I used aguave instead of sugar but that’s the only substitute. I made it more meal-like by sautéing a little shrimp in the bacon drippings and served them on the side. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Gramma Amy
    May 30, 2020

    My family enjoyed this tasty salad. We served the dressing on the side. We will make this again! Thanks for a great recipe.

  • cookingWithLove9
    Mar 18, 2020

    This is the best salad ever. It always gets rave reviews. If you want to bring this somewhere to a picnic. Put the whole salad together except for the tomatoes, dressing , and avocado. Serve the dressing on the side for the guests. Mix avocado with lemon juice. Add it to the salad with the tomatoes before serving.

  • Casey
    Mar 3, 2020

    This was a huge hit when I took this to a pot luck. I followed the other reviewers advice to place lettuce on top and mix when you are ready to serve to keep everything from getting soggy. I did swap out tomatoes for cherry tomatoes, used only half a red onion and 1/2 the dressing. Also subbed with blue cheese as that is what I had on hand. Incredibly delicious! Thank you for this recipe! It’s definitely a keeper.

  • pastrychef714
    Jun 6, 2019

    This salad is not to be missed. Everyone at the table had second or even thirds last night when I served it! I used a Sweet Vidalia onion. To take to a Pot Luck, I put the prepped ingredients, except for the lettuce and the dressing, in the bottom of a large salad bowl. I drizzled about 2/3 of the dressing over (this helped the avocados not to turn brown), then topped with the cut up Romaine. I covered the salad, kept it cold, and tossed it when the hostess was ready to serve. Can't wait to make it again's that good!