Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

I was looking through my food pictures lovingly this morning remembering when I used to make meals like this.  Eating has been so completely uninspired and honestly, not the healthiest lately.  One of the hardest parts of moving cross-country is not moving any food.  So, we are eating up all the random bits from the pantry and freezer.  I cannot WAIT to get moved and fill my fridge and pantry with the good stuff again!
I made this salad a while back and it was AMAZING!  Like, forget the other things in the meal and just make-out with this salad...repeatably. 

Spinach Salad
Recipe Source:  Alton Brown, he is the bomb-diggity
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs
  • 8 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar (or your favorite sugar substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 ounces red onion (1 small), very thinly sliced
Wash and dry (by spinning or patting) the spinach and place into a large mixing bowl.
Slice or chop the hard boiled eggs, set aside.
Fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserving 3 TBSP of the rendered fat.  Crumble bacon and set aside.
Transfer the bacon fat into a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar, and Dijon Mustard.  Season with a small pinch of salt and black pepper.
Add the mushrooms and the sliced onion to the spinach and toss.  Add the warm dressing and bacon and toss to combine.  Divide the spinach between 4 plates or bowls and evenly divide the egg among them.
Season with pepper, as desired.  Serve immediately.

10 comments:

  1. Oohhhh...that sounds delicious. Another on my "to make' list. Hope the move is going well. Funny I just cleaned out my pantry and closets this morning. I was thinking when you get the junk stuff out, there is so much more room. Sendning hugs from me in PA to you in Texas!!

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  2. Sorry i read to fast. I don't think you moved yet. Where are you moving from? I hope it goes well.

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    1. Tee hee! We are moving from North Carolina....SO ready to be in Austin already, lol! Hope you have a great week ahead - xoxo

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  3. That looks and sounds so good. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend :-)

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  4. Good luck on your move. I hope you love your new place.

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  5. Excited to hear how your move goes! I have heard Texas is awesome. So how in the heck did you not lose your mind moving? We have just moved stuff around to have painting done and I am exhausted and overwhelmed. 12 years of crap is 12 years of crap:) The best part is the stereo that went out of style years ago is finally out of my bedroom! Woot!!!
    Take care of yourself along the way!

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  6. Awesome looking salad. I will have to put it on the menu this week. Thanks for sharing and good look on your move. (And yes - Alton, IS the "bomb-diggity")! :)

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  7. You have a lovely blog with so many inspiring posts! Thanks for sharing, would you like to follow each other?

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  8. Hi Siggy,

    How's the move going? I'm miss your Hump Day Confessional posts. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Let us know how you're doing when you get the chance.

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