Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Pecans, Bacon, and Blue Cheese

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 pound hickory smoked bacon slices, roughly chopped

1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped

Two 6-ounce containers baby spinach

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup dried cranberries

Dressing:

1/2 cup Danish blue cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon sugar

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fry chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined 1/4-sheet tray to drain.
  3. Toast pecans in the oven on a 1/4-sheet tray until lightly golden and fragrant, about 6 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl mash the blue cheese with a fork. Mix in the buttermilk, sour cream, sugar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Combine baby spinach, red onion, pecans, dried cranberries and bacon in large bowl. Toss with the dressing immediately before serving.
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