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Easy Gluten-Free Summer Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Arugula

Easy Gluten-Free Summer Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, & Arugula from

I mean it. This Pineapple, Bacon, Arugula Salad with a Pineapple Champagne Vinaigrette is our family’s new favorite allergy-friendly and gluten-free summer salad.

It is so fresh and is absolutely bursting with flavor. The kids even asked for seconds with this one. Yes. Seconds on Salad. I will repeat just in case you are as shocked as I was.

Yes. The kids asked for seconds on this salad.

I admit to being on a bit of a pineapple kick lately. After all, I just recently shared my Pineapple Avocado Salsa and my Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes. But I cannot help it. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and it completely reminds me of summer in so many ways.

I figured if I could find a way to use pineapple in an appetizer, and also use it for a dessert, then why on earth could I not find a way to use it for a salad? So, of course, I did.

Oh, and do not even get me started on the dressing for this. I have been eating it by itself with a spoon. It is just ever-so-slightly addicting, in a totally good way.

Gluten Free Pineapple Salad

So, if you happen to be a fan of this enzyme and anti-oxidant rich fruit that is just bursting with health benefits, then I think I can go out on a limb and safely say you will really like this salad!

Pineapple Bacon Arugula Salad

Pineapple, Bacon, and Arugula Salad

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free



  • 1/2 cup Fresh Pineapple, diced
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 3 Tbsp Champagne Vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil (or more to reach desired consistency)


  • 5 oz Arugula
  • 1/2 cup Purple Cabbage, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1 – 2 cups Fresh Pineapple, diced
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 4-6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


1.  In blender, mix together: Pineapple, Champagne Vinegar, Shallot, Sea Salt and Pepper. While blender is running, slowly add in olive oil until dressing reaches desired consistency.  Chill dressing until ready to use. Can be made ahead of time.

2. In salad bowl, add: Arugula, Cabbage, Red Onion, Pineapple, Avocado, and Crumbled Bacon. Toss with just enough dressing to coat greens lightly.

Note: This would be a wonderful main dish salad if you added Shrimp.


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  1. On June 15, 2011 Jeanette said

    Kim, I love the pineapple dressing – it sounds so sweet and delicious, and what a beautiful colorful salad to go along! I love arugula in salads – will have give this a whirl!

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Jeanette! I love arugula too. There is just something about the peppery bite that it has. Goes really well with the sweetness of the pineapple!

  2. On June 15, 2011 AndreAnna said

    I love pineapple and bacon together, especially grilled. Have I mentioned (thirty thousand times) that I want to be neighbors so we can share food? 🙂

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      AndreAnna, I am totally convinced we need to build a gluten free self-sustaining compound that we all live on together. We could grow our own food and enjoy it together! 😉 And our kids could all grow up in our perfect little world, protected from any outside cross-contamination, and with like 15 over-protective mother hens! LOL

  3. On June 15, 2011 Sarena said

    Not only are the colors of this beautiful, but the flavor combination sounds amazing! I’m loving summer produce now too! I love how vibrant summer foods are. Seriously, this looks amazing!

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Sarena!! I totally love summer produce too! It makes me so excited to walk into my local Whole Foods! So much to choose from at this time of year!

  4. On June 15, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

    Hmm…have to forgo pineapple for a bit according to some recent blood tests (urrg!), trying to think of something else that might work in place? Maybe mango? A combo of citrus/mango? What do you think?

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Tessa, I think that a mango-citrus combo instead of the pineapple would be amazing in this! Let me know if you try it and what you think. If it works well I will add the suggestion with credit to you! 😉 Love that idea!

      • On June 16, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

        Got some fresh mangoes at the market yesterday…I’ll let you know how it turn out!

      • On June 16, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

        Success! My Manila Mango (or Thai, Champagne, Yellow whatever you’d like to call it!) was just slightly tart rather than sweet, so I left the citrus out, there was enough zing with the vinegar. It looks just like the pineapple variety, and my oh my, it IS delicious! I am enjoying it right now…yum! I also used baby greens instead of arugula b/c it’s what I had on hand. A keeper, for sure…..

        • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

          Tessa! Sorry I am so late in replying, but I am SO happy that the Manila Mango version worked out so well!! THat is awesome! I am going to make it that way next time since we are big mango fans here!! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know! 😉

  5. On June 15, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Oh my gosh, Kim, this is stunning in looks for starters and I’m just imagining all the flavors! And you better believe I’ll be making my version with bacon. I’m thinking that we’ll have to have this for my upcoming girlfriends’ retreat for sure. 🙂

    Thank goodness you’re experiencing a current pineapple addiction! xoxo,

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Aww, thanks so much Shirley! And you are so right, the bacon makes it so yummy (I think that it part of the reason the kids liked it so much, especially since I was quite generous in the amount that I used). And if you made it at your girlfriends’ retreat, at least I would be a part of it then. 😉

  6. On June 15, 2011 Alisa Fleming said

    I’m not going to lie to you, this combination sounds just plain weird to my taste buds Kim. But if you say it’s good, then it must be! 🙂

    • On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Leave it to you, Alisa! LOL You can call it weird, but the next time we are together, I am making this for you. Then you can decide what you think! heehee!! 😉

  7. On June 15, 2011 Johanna B said

    I tweeted your recipe.

  8. On June 15, 2011 Maggie said

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Kim! I am so trying this. I think my Dad will love it, he’s a big pineapple fan, as am I. I like the combo of ingredients in here. I bet it would be good with tempeh bacon! I love the pic of the dressing, I always use mason jars to store my dressings too! So much easier.

  9. On June 15, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

    Maggie, I have never tried tempeh bacon. I bet it would be great in this though. And I use my mason jars for EVERYTHING!! I have a huge collection of them and I always find something to do with them! When we went camping recently, I even used them to drink my wine out of! LOL

  10. On June 15, 2011 Emily said

    this mat be the culminatuon of some of my favorite ingredients…. BRILLIANT!!!

  11. On June 15, 2011 Andrea said

    Mmm- bacon! I think there is a cookbook called “Everything Is Better With Bacon”! Bacon is one of my guilty pleasures for sure and combined with pineapple and arugula- yes, please!
    The colors af your salad are just gorgeous too.
    I will be trying this recipe soon!

    • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Andrea! My sister has that bacon cookbook! LOL She said it has some crazy ideas in it! Thanks so much for your kind words!! 😉

  12. On June 16, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    How yummy! Fresh pineapple is amazing isn’t it and combined with the rest of those ingredients, wow!

    • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Intolerant Chef! Thanks so much! I love pineapple. I could eat an entire one by myself! 😉

  13. On June 16, 2011 Candi Elm said

    this sounds heavenly. I can’t wait to eat it. Beautiful pictures.

  14. On June 16, 2011 Addicted to Veggies said

    I just found your site and I love-love-love it! Thank you for such a wonderful resource! I’ll probably be doing a variation of your goat cheese stuffed figs (sans the goat cheese) for a post tomorrow. Thanks again!

    Sarahfae – AtV

    • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hello Sarahfae! Thank you for your kind words about my site! Will have to go check out your stuffed figs post! 😉

  15. On June 21, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    Kim this is stunning! Just reading the ingredients made my mouth water. Sounds like a really great combo of flavors and I am in the “everything is better with bacon” camp myself! Can’t wait to try this!

    • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Carol! Yup. Bacon makes everything better. And in a house full of boys, I cannot believe how much we go through. LOL

  16. On June 21, 2011 Alta said

    Oh my this sounds good! I too adore pineapple.

    • On June 22, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Alta! THe pineapple ads such an awesome flavor to this salad! 😉

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