Spinach & Bacon Salad
photo by Chippie1
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon tarragon
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 package spinach (or 1 lb loose baby leaves)
- 1 small red onion
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
- 1 cup mushroom, sliced
- 6 slices bacon, crumbled
- Combine dressing ingredients in a small shaker& shake well.
- Wash& dry spinach leaves and place in salad bowl.
- Peel onion, cut in half, slice thinly, separate ring halves& add to salad bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.
- Pour dressing over all& toss.
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I thought this dressing was a little bland. Perhaps that is because we usually eat spinach with a sweet dressing (I highly recommend "Spinach Delight" #95532). That said, this is healthier and a nice alternative. It just seemed like the dressing needed a little extra oomph of something, but maybe that is the beauty of a simple salad that I am overlooking.
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wow, dressing is to die for! it's a little tangy...which i loved...but that could be because i had cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. i made it up the night before so all the ingredients could get to know each other a little better ;) my only changes were making the actually salad that way i usually do, which is: baby spinach, sliced red bell peppers, red onions, carrots, crumbled bacon, gorgonzola cheese, and sunflower seeds on top! thanks for another wonderful keeper, countrylady!
I made the salad without bacon & bean sprouts & substituted green onions for red. I made the dressing with basil instead of tarragon & added a teaspoon of sugar & it was very tasty. I liked the combination of flavors & will make this with bacon & red onions to see how that works. All in all, simple & flavorful.
I was drawn to this recipe because of the dressing....it looked quick and easy and I had all the ingredients on hand. I ended up making the entire recipe, except for the bean sprouts, which I couldn't find in our tiny grocery store in the northwoods. I added avocado to the salad and replaced the tarragon with dried basil. My guests loved this salad. Thanks for posting this easy recipe CountryLady :)
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