Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon and Apple Cider Dressing

You wouldn't normally think of a salad as being comfort food, but this is a salad you can really cozy up to thanks to the warm bacon and[ cider dressing. The warm dressing wilts the spinach so it is softened but retains its shape and toothsomeness. I am also comforted by this salad because even though it is decadent- with bacon- I can relax knowing I don't have to feel the least bit guilty about eating it.]

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
2 servings as a main course, 4 servings as an appetizer
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces Canadian bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  • Place spinach into a large bowl. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes, or until it is just crispy. Add Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Remove meat from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain any remaining fat from the skillet. Add olive oil and onions to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, or until onions soften slightly.

  • Add mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Put onions and mushrooms on top of the spinach. Add apple cider and vinegar to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Stir to scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until cider is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Whisk in mustard, salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Pour warm cider dressing over the mushrooms and spinach and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Sprinkle the bacon on top and serve.

  • Nutritional Analysis (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 410

  • Total fat: 18g

  • Saturated fat: 5g

  • Sodium: 1070mg

  • Carbohydrates: 46g

  • Protein: 19g

  • Fiber: 8g


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