Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This one is straight off the Pioneer Woman's website.  I had it tonight for the first time and it was fabulous!  Now, don't let the title of "salad" fool you, this is not a healthy recipe.  While some of the ingredients are beneficial, like the spinach, and egg does have protein, (and we get fresh eggs from a guy that raises chickens, so they are super good.  Have you ever had a fresh egg?) but the bacon... well, not so much.  My philosophy has always been everything in moderation. 

3 whole eggs
7 slices thick cut pepperd bacon
1 whole red onion (small)
1 package mushrooms, white button
8 ounces baby spinach, washed, dried and stems removed
3 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 dash of salt

Cook eggs:  cober with water, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to sit in water for 20  minutes.  Drain off water and add ice on top of eggs.

Fry bacon until cripsy/chewy.  Remove to a paper towel.  Remove 3 tbs grease and set aside.  (yes, the unhealthy part)  Add 2 additional tbs of grease to a seperate skillet over medium heat. 

Slice red onions very thinly, then add to skillet.  Cook slowly until  onions are caramelized and reduced.  Remove to a plate and set aside.

Slice mushrooms and add them to the same skillet.  Cook slowly until caramelized and brown.  Remove to a plate and set aside.

Chop bacon.  Peel and slice eggs.

Add 3 tbs bacon grease, vinegar, sugar, and dijon to a small saucepan or skillet over medium low heat.  Whisk mixture together and heat thoroughly.

Add spinach to a large bowl.  Arrange onions, mushrooms, and bacon on top.  Pur hot dressing over teh top; toss to combine.  Arrange eggs over the top and serve.  Serves 6.

You may have noticed no mushrooms in the picture.  I actually do not like mushrooms, so I just made it without.   But, true spinach salad does contain the mushrooms. 


  1. Looks delicious, Chellie!! Do you take those pics yourself?? Great work!! :)

  2. Thanks Cindy! I do take them myself. :-)