Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Try substituting other veggies from your CSA Box into this salad from The Smitten Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 large white mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small or medium red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg, hard-boiled (see above), chilled, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces thick-sliced bacon (about 4 ounces), finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey or sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smooth Dijon mustard
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Place spinach in a large, wide salad serving bowl. Scatter with mushrooms, red onion (see above for a different, mellower way to add the onions) and coins of hard-boiled egg. In a large skillet, fry bacon bits over medium-high heat until they’re brown and crisp and have rendered their fat. Use a slotted spoon to scoop them out of the skillet and spread them on a piece of paper towel briefly before sprinkling them over the salad. Pour out all but two tablespoons of hot bacon fat from the skillet. Reheat over medium and quickly whisk in the red wine vinegar, honey and Dijon. Pour over entire salad and season salt and pepper. Toss gently and serve hot.

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