I don’t often do recipes on my blog. It’s not that I don’t want to, I do, it’s just that usually I don’t have much time to take photography while I cook. By the time I get home, it’s usually a mad rush to get food on the table before my toddler has a melt down. I’m always looking for simple, quick and healthy recipes that feed the family. On some days, I have to be creative and improvise with what’s in the fridge. Today was one of those days and my improvised Warm Bacon and Spinach Salad turned out excellent.
I had a very large bag of bacon bits left over from a Cesar salad I made when I had company over. Tired of eating Cesar salad over and over, I was looking at alternative ways to use the bacon bits. A few years back, my husband and I went to a little restaurant in Stratford Ontario that served up an amazing warm bacon spinach salad. Inspired by that salad, I created my version and here is the recipe.
- 3 cups of spinach
- 10 to 15 cherry tomatoes
- 2 Table spoons of Olive Oil
- ¼ cup of chopped onions
- ½ cup of real bacon bits
- 5 Table spoons of vinegar
- 2 Table spoons of regular mustard
- 1 Table spoon of brown sugar (honey would do as well)
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
- Divide the spinach and tomatoes evenly in two salad bowls.
- In a frying pan, heat olive. Once warm, add the real bacon bits and chopped onions and cook until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and onions and set aside and allow to cool.
- For the Salad Dressing: Using the same frying pan containing a small amount of the bacon fat (one or two table spoons will do), add the brown sugar, mustard and vinegar and whisk until blended.
- Add the warm bacon and onions over the bed of spinach and drizzle a spoon or two of the salad dressing.
Is there any meal that doesn’t taste better with a little bacon? Have you ever had a warm bacon salad?