Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon and Apple Cider Dressing

You wouldn't normally think of a salad as being comfort food, but this is a salad you can really cozy up to thanks to the warm bacon and cider dressing. The warm dressing wilts the spinach so it is softened but retains its shape and toothsomeness. I am also comforted by this salad because even though it is decadent- with bacon- I can relax knowing I don't have to feel the least bit guilty about eating it.

TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 2 servings as a main course, 4 servings as an appetizer
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 10 ounces pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
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Directions

Place spinach into a large bowl. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until it is just crispy. Add Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Remove meat from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain any remaining fat from the skillet. Add olive oil and onions to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, or until onions soften slightly.

Add mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Put onions and mushrooms on top of the spinach. Add apple cider and vinegar to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir to scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until cider is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Whisk in mustard, salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour warm cider dressing over the mushrooms and spinach and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Sprinkle the bacon on top and serve.

Nutritional Analysis (Per Serving)
Calories: 410
Total fat: 18g
Saturated fat: 5g
Sodium: 1070mg
Carbohydrates: 46g
Protein: 19g
Fiber: 8g

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  • on October 31, 2011

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    Fabulous taste! My husband, who typically doesn't like spinach, was asking for more! It's on our regular menu now.

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  • on October 27, 2011

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    Made this for dinner last night and it was excellent! Dressing full of flavor even my grandson,(17 who is very fussy, enjoyed it. Will make again soon.

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  • on October 25, 2011

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    Excellent recipe, I used portobella mushrooms in stripes; easy and full of flavor!!!

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