Friday, June 26, 2009

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Always a favourite in the summer, a spinach salad is as varied as those who make it. Here is the way I make it - with a few options
so you can choose.

  • fresh Spinach leaves
  • bacon slices - I use 4-6 slices
  • red onion thinly sliced
  • fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • red peppers, chopped or sliced
  • chopped green onions (opt.)
  • thawed frozen green peas or bean sprouts
  • boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
  • shredded mozzarella or swiss cheese
  • toasted almonds or pinenuts
  • shrimpmeat if desired

Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. reserved bacon drippings
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or sugar - or to taste
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard - or to taste
  • 4-6 Tbsp. salad oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise or sour cream
  • salt and pepper
  1. Chop bacon into pieces and fry until crispy. Remove 2 Tbsp. of the bacon fat and set aside in a small bowl. Remove bacon to paper towel and set aside.
  2. Saute' red onion and mushrooms in a bit of butter only until wilted. Set aside.
  3. Make dressing* . (You'll notice there is alot of tasting going on here. I"ve listed the basic ingredients but feel free to adjust it to your liking) *Or you can use bottled honey dijon or creamy dill dressing. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in pan and heat gently until warm.
  4. Assemble salad. Arrange spinach on a large platter and layer the other ingredients adding the shredded cheese and green onions last. Garnish as desired with egg slices, red pepper slices and a sprinkle of almonds.
  5. Serve salad immediately with the dressing on the side.




8 comments:

  1. It is 7:00am and you have made me hungry for this....maybe lunch though... it sure does look appetizing....

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  2. Yum...you are right. This would make a great summertime salad...really a whole meal to itself really. Great idea and recipe!

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  3. This is a great dish to make in the summertime. With temps here in the south being close to a 100 or more. It's also a good way to use up any odd and end veggies you may have on hand. Good recipe!

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  4. i love salads and am always happy to try one that is differant from what i usually make.....i am craving this salad RIGHT NOW!

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  5. I love trying new spinach salad recipes. I will add these ingredients to my grocery list, and this will complement my supper menu for guests today.

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  6. There was a local restaurant where we used to live that served a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing.. I ordered it every time we ate there ... Thanks for the recipe.. the ingredients are going on my grocery list!!

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  7. Wow that looks good! Spinach salad is one of our favorites, and I get requests for more salads these days. I'll try this one very soon. Kathy

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  8. I made this salad for our big fathers day bbq buffet. It was a huge success! I thought that this was geared towards the men in my life, they all like bacon, eggs and mushrooms. I put layered the salad, very much like yours, in a large, shallow serving dish. Then I drizzled the dressing over, just before we started to eat. Yum!

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