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Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

This Wilted Spinach Salad holds up. Baby Spinach is perfect hot or cold, so introducing a little heat with the warm Bacon Dressing tenderizes the leaves just enough. Eggs, Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Feta, Red Onions, and Almonds add depth and crunch.
Course Salad
Cuisine American Classic
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 243kcal
Author Diana Reis

Ingredients

  • 8 C Baby Spinach
  • 4 Hard-boiled Eggs
  • 3 Pieces Bacon
  • ¼ Red Onion
  • ¼ C Crumbled Feta
  • ¼ C Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp Almonds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Hard-boil the eggs by placing eggs into pot and cover with cool water. Bring to a low boil and set the timer for 10 minutes. Drain and run cool water over the cooked eggs to stop cooking. Peel and set aside. I like to serve them slightly warm. If you prefer them cold, then make earlier in the day and refrigerate.
  • Slice bacon into small pieces and fry. Remove the cooked bacon and place on paper towels to soak up any extra grease. Reserve the bacon grease in the pan for later.
  • Measure cleaned spinach into a large mixing bowl.
  • Slice your red onion. Measure out your dried fruit, sliced almonds, and feta cheese and set ingredient aside.
  • Warm your bacon grease until it gets hot again. Turn off they heat. Mince garlic and add to hot bacon grease along with red vinegar to make a warm vinaigrette to dress the spinach.
  • Pour vinaigrette over spinach and toss. The spinach should wilt ever so slightly and have a nice sheen.
  • To Build your salad, lay down two cups of greens and the center of a salad plate. Slice an egg and lay it along the side of the plate. Sprinkle bacon, pine nuts, feta, dried fruit, and sliced onion over the top of the greens. Finish with cracked pepper and a sprinkle of salt (if you like extra). Drizzle aged balsamic over the top and enjoy.

Notes

When I plan a salad for dinner; I start by making sure all of by ingredients are washed, chopped, and prepped in whatever way they need to be.
I prefer to buy baby spinach for this dish over mature leaf bundles. There are no stems in a package of baby spinach and the leaves are tender and sweet to eat raw.
The warm dressing will tenderizer the leaves slightly, but not enough to truly cook them.
A mature leaf bundle can be fine, but you must remove the stems. The stems are too tough and too bitter to eat raw. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5926IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 3mg