Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

When you order this in a restaurant, it is a rarity that it is full of goodness with a homemade warm bacon dressing. So basically, I only eat my own. There are plenty of substitutions in terms of preference, but this one tends to be my go-to!
Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing | Dishin' With Darla

Substitutions

  • There needs to be a fruit, but if you don’t like strawberries you can substitute with apple, pear, mandarin oranges, berries, etc
  • Tastes best with a nut, so sliced almonds can be pecans, sugared pecans, walnuts, pistachios
  • This recipe is meatless other than the bacon. To add some more protein you can include some shrimp, chicken, tenderloin, flank steak, or salmon
  • If you want it less fruity, try using mushrooms and cherry tomatoes versus the grapes and craisins

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

When you order this in a restaurant, it is a rarity that it is full of goodness with a homemade warm bacon dressing. So basically, I only eat my own. There are plenty of substitutions in terms of preference, but this one tends to be my go-to!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 6-8 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 8-12 oz bacon (chopped (cut when partially frozen for easiest method))
  • ½ c almonds (sliced (more to taste))
  • ½ c craisins (more to taste)
  • ½ c green onions (sliced)
  • ½ c purple grapes (sliced)
  • ¼ c balsamic vinegar (light or dark depending on taste)
  • 2 -3 T good seedless berry jam
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Salad

  • Add spinach, almonds, craisins, green onions, and grapes in a large bowl, then set aside.

Dressing

  • Cook bacon until crisp but not crunchy.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve the bacon fat in a skillet.
  • Add purple onion to the bacon fat. Cook until softened.
  • Once softened, turn on to LOW heat.
  • Add vinegar and stir with a whisk.
  • Add jam. Stir with whisk. TASTE
  • If vinegar tasting, add more jam, if too sweet or oily add more vinegar.
  • Pepper to taste. Salt IF needed.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add egg yolk and whisk strongly. This will emulsify the dressing.
  • Pour onto veggies and fruit and toss lightly.
  • Note: You may not need all the dressing. A little goes a long way, so add ¾ of dressing at first, toss, then add the rest if needed.
  • ENJOY!

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