Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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

Bacon Dressing:

5 slices bacon

1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons honey mustard, or more to taste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spinach Salad:

8 cups fresh spinach leaves, stems removed

8 ounces white button mushrooms (about 2 1/2 cups), thinly sliced

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a skillet add the bacon and cook over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Roughly chop and set aside.
  2. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the skillet. Heat the remaining fat over medium-high heat, add the shallots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the vinegar, desired amount of mustard, and salt and pepper, to taste. Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet, bring to a simmer, then remove the skillet from the heat.
  3. For the salad, in a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach, mushrooms, bacon and onion. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve warm.