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Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

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Leeks, garlic, mustard seeds and bacon all in one place – hmmm…what’s not to love about this flavor packed Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad? 

Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

“To snack or not to snack” has been the catalyst of many debates around the coffee machine at my day job. When it comes to snacking – I have been on Team Snack-Allday for as long as I can remember. However, lately, the business of life has been doing a number on my snacking habit. That little cooler that I used to take to work filled with fruit, yogurt, nuts and a protein bar has been coming home still filled with fruit, yogurt, nuts and a half eaten protein bar. And, that’s not doing any justice to Team Snack-Allday.

Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

So, I’ve been talking myself into switching gears. Maybe taking a break from Team Snack-Allday and joining up with Team Lunch-at-Noon for a bit so I can actually force myself to sit down and get some wholesome nutrients in as I am tired of being so tired come 4 pm. Now this isn’t a resolution of any sorts. It’s just my way of trying to be better to me.

We are all in different stages on our journey to well-being and what works for some of us might not work for others. Heck, what works for some of us one day might not work for the same some of us the next day. Some folks think I’m insane for skimping on sleep to squeeze in a workout at 4 am, but, there are days when I just cannot – of course those days I do tend to be like a bear that got woken up mid-hibernation!


As there happens to be a Target across the street from my day job, I figured I would head there for some inspiration. And, as I was walking through the Frozen Food section there, I came across these new-to-me, NonGMO, LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE packages with Gluten-free options, Protein packed options and Organic ingredient options. I grabbed a LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Mushroom & Spring Pea Risotto, a LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Asparagus & Cheese Ravioli, and a LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE Spicy Mexican Black Beans & Rice, to help me stay on Team Lunch-at-Noon. And I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed my Lunch-at-noon of flavor packed Mushroom & Spring Pea Risotto with a side of a Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad.

Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

This is a super simple salad, but it’s filled with flavor enhancing and immunity supporting, ginger, garlic, and onions! A few mustard seeds add some texture and then there’s that bacon that needs no explanation or introduction! 

Now, I gotta admit, some days I am proudly on Team Lunch-at-Noon. But, then there are other days that no matter how gung-ho I am about Team Lunch-at-Noon, I end up on Team (forgot to) Snack-Allday. But hey – tomorrow is another day to try to be better to me – right?

Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

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Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Shashi
A simple, filling and super tasty salad that combines leeks, onions, garlic, ginger and bacon for your tastebud-tingling pleasure.


  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1- inch piece of ginger grated
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 4 stalks leeks chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pieces cooked and drained bacon


  • Saute onions, garlic and ginger in a pan with olive oil for about 10 minutes
  • Add in mustard seeds
  • Add leeks and saute another 3 minutes or so
  • Add in paprika and salt and papper and stir till well combined
  • Break up bacon on top and serve warm
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  1. Yay! You workout at 4am! You and me are in the 4am club Shashi!

    Love the smell of leeks and bacon cooking but you’ve taken that to a new level here with the addition of those mustard seeds. Plus I wouldn’t normally add ginger at the start. Must try that! 🙂

  2. apuginthekitchen says:

    Really nice salad. Perfect combination, love leeks and bacon!!

  3. This is such a delicious way to make a salad Shashi! Perfect for staying healthy during the colder months too, as I can find it hard to eat cold salads when the weather is so chilly outside!!! I can’t wait to try this! Pinned!

  4. I am on both teams, some days I’m snack all day, and some days I’m a 3 meals type of girl. Just depends on my mood I guess. LOVING this salad, Shashi! You are right, not much to NOT love about this! Bacon, leeks, garlic and a touch of mustard?! I’m game! 🙂 Cheers, my dear! xo

  5. Fun to drop by and see this gorgeous salad Shashi Love the combo with bacon! Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful long weekend! xo

  6. Mir says:

    I’m kind of with the team that says eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re not, and don’t think too much about it other than making some balanced choices. Like, I’ll eat that brownie! And then some. But I’ll also get my salad in, too. And if it’s a sauteed salad, so much the better!

  7. Mira says:

    Love leeks and bacon! My grandma makes something similar, but she adds pieces of pork. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. marcie says:

    I love snacking — which can be a very bad thing! I love the looks of this salad — leeks and bacon are such a great combination!

  9. GiGi Eats says:

    THIS GIRL ADORES LEEKS!!!!!!!! Seriously ADORES THEM. I really really love them with salmon, never had them with bacon, but um, what DOES NOT taste good with bacon? 😉

  10. This is a great sauted salad. I’d have some at noon and the rest a bit later as a snack. I like to be on both teams

  11. Loving this sautéed salad and spices. This is much better for you than snacking all day and then crashing. It is the weekend here and I have been in the kitchen all morning feeding the boys and clearing out the refrigerator so will need to head to the market and get supplies to make your delicious salad.

  12. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, leeks in a salad???? I freaking love this!!!! Gorgeous and delicious!!! I’m on both Team Snack-Allday and Team Lunch-at-Noon. 🙂 is that bad? I always try to eat lunch on time. . and I feel like I am also snacking on little things here and there all day but I keep meal portions small. I used to buy lean cuisines back in the day when I worked in an office. . love the new packaging design! or, it at least it looks new to me! new logo?

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – no – it’s not bad at all! Whatever works for you right?
      I do think the packaging is new – and these new flavors are game changing!
      Thanks so much Alice

  13. I love snacking all day myself. I seriously love this combination of flavors. Yummy times ten!

  14. You’ve given me such a great idea as I’ve got an abundance of black mustard seeds

  15. What an interesting salad. I think it would make a wonderful topping for a burger – so full of flavor!

  16. I’m definitely team Lunch At Noon. I love 3 meals a day and if I don’t get them, I’m a bear! 🙂 Life is soooo super crazy that these Lean Cuisines have been an amazing, delicious option for me lately! This salad looks amazing as well!!

  17. Kelly says:

    I’m with you, it depends on the day or how much work I have but I am definitely on Team workout at 4am. Love having that quiet time before the kids wake up. This salad would be the perfect healthy meal! It looks so fresh and delicious!

  18. sounds and looks like a tasty combo!

  19. Sounds like a great side dish!

  20. lindsay says:

    i just bought a bunch of leeks! love the bacon combo. You know i love bacon! always. <3

  21. I’m most definitely part of the Team Lunch at Noon crowd. I feel guilty if I snack all day…even though it might be the exact same (or better) as eating at noon. Go figure! But what I don’t feel guilty about is this salad. It looks incredible! And there’s bacon in there. This reminds me that I should use leeks more often, too. I hope you and Lil Shashi have an amazing weekend!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much David!
      You know what, I always feel a bit guilty when I eat bacon, but all things in moderarion – though I just posted 2 recipes with bacon back to back almost! GAH!
      Hope your week is wonderful – hope the Spiced household is staying warm!

  22. Love this salad, Shashi! Leeks and bacon are so good together. I use them in soup and pasta together…never thought to do a salad! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Shashi says:

      Now I am so intrigued – I’ve never had leeks in soup before – in curry yes, but not in soup – even though potato leek soup is big here! 🙂
      Thanks so much Michelle!

  23. Really nice salad. Perfect combination, love leeks and bacon!!

  24. I love leeks! I tried them for the first time not too long ago and wondered why I’d waited to long to try them. Leeks+bacon sounds like an excellent combination. Love that you wake up early to workout… I’ve been forcing myself to wake up at 5 instead of 7 the past couple of weeks and I actually sort of love it.. I agree it’s hard getting out of bed, but once I’m up, I feel great.

    • Shashi says:

      When I work out first thing it really kinda sets the tone for the day – but that’s not always doable with my crazy schedule lately.
      Leeks indded are delicious! BTW Thanks so much Erin!

  25. Yay! You workout at 4am! You and me are in the 4am club Shashi!

    Love the smell of leeks and bacon cooking but you’ve taken that to a new level here with the addition of those mustard seeds. Plus I wouldn’t normally add ginger at the start. Must try that! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      YES to the 4AM workout club! 🙂
      Yes yes would love for you to try that – my mom grates ginger into her curries just after she adds onions to a pan, she lets them caramalize together and then deglazes and the smell is so swoonworthy! By the way – thank you Neil!

  26. hotlyspiced says:

    I do love leeks and bacon – great combination and I often use the two together in a quiche. Your salad is very pretty and colourful and full of goodness xx

  27. You have been cooking lots of food that I really LOVE, Shashi. This one looks great!