Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Time

20 min

Serving

4 persons

Calories

338

Rating

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This salad combines crispy thick-cut bacon with baby spinach, boiled eggs, mushrooms, and a tangy-sweet warm bacon vinaigrette. Since the dish requires cooking and needs to be prepared right before serving, it is usually served as a main course, with a store-bought rotisserie chicken or broiled salmon on the side. It’s also wonderful with potato leek soup. To save time, use pre-washed baby spinach, pre-sliced mushrooms (and even pre-cooked boiled eggs, if you like) — and pick up a fresh baguette to round out the meal.

Ingredients

  • bacon : 8 slices (cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • shallot : 0.25 cup (finely chopped, from 1 to 2 shallots)
  • cider vinegar : 2.5 Tbsp
  • honey : 1.5 Tbsp
  • dijon mustard : 1.5 tsp
  • salt : 0.25 tsp (heaping)
  • baby spinach : 6 oz (about 8 cups)
  • white button or baby bella mushrooms : 8 oz (thinly sliced (about 2 cups))
  • egg : 3 piece (hard or soft boiled eggs, thinly sliced or cut into wedges)
  • grinds fresh black pepper : 2 piece

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Stages of cooking

  1. Before making the salad, you’ll need to boil the eggs. Soft-boiled eggs or but hard-boiled eggs are equally delicious.

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  2. Begin by frying the bacon in a nonstick skillet, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.

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  3. While the bacon cooks, start the dressing: in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

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  4. When the bacon is done, use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.

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  5. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl, then return 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat to the skillet. Add the shallots to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Do not brown.

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  6. Add the bacon fat and shallots from the skillet to the vinegar mixture and whisk to combine.

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  7. Add the spinach and mushrooms.

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  8. Toss to coat evenly, then taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.

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  9. Divide the salad between 4 plates or bowls; evenly divide the egg and cooked bacon among them. Serve immediately.

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