Warm Spinach Salad


This warm spinach salad is perfect for any season. I like to eat this for dinner when I feel like a light supper, but still want to have something satisfying. It has crisp bacon, sweet onions, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes. I like to use maple flavored bacon for extra sweetness and flavor. The bacon pairs well with the tangy dressing. The warm dressing is flavored with dijon mustard and reserved drippings from the bacon. Served with fresh bread, this is a satisfying lunch or dinner. To make spinach salad really great, you have to wilt it in the dressing just a little so that the flavors meld together.

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Warm Spinach Salad

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For the Salad:
8 oz fresh spinach
3 eggs, hard boiled, and sliced
1/4 sweet onion, sliced
1/4 lb maple bacon, chopped and cooked crisp
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup sliced mushrooms, optional

For the Dressing:
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
kosher salt to taste
pepper to taste


Chop bacon, and cook over medium low heat until crisp, drain on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

Hard boil eggs and cool under running cold water.

Add spinach, eggs, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes to a large stainless steel mixing bowl.

In another stainless steel bowl, or small saucepan, combine dressing ingredients. Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Pour dressing over salad.

Place large stainless steel bowl over medium low heat and toss the salad till it just barely starts to wilt.
Serve with fresh bread.

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  6 Responses to “Warm Spinach Salad”

  1. lululu — September 28, 2009 @ 11:54 pm

    love the idea of add bacon dripping for the dressing! must be very tasty!
    .-= lululu´s last blog, Berry Crumble Bar =-.

  2. My Carolina Kitchen — September 29, 2009 @ 5:50 am

    What a good looking spinach salad. All of my favorite things in here – mushrooms, eggs, bacon and tomatoes. I’m copying this one down.

    I love your blog. Gorgeous photos.
    .-= My Carolina Kitchen´s last blog, Houseguests for lunch and a secret to making good soup =-.

  3. Nicole — September 29, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

    anything with spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms is right up my alley! yum!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Baked, not fried fries! =-.

  4. Divina — September 29, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    I love spinach salad. This is one is going to a winner in my family. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
    .-= Divina´s last blog, Quinoa-Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms =-.

  5. Figtreeapps — September 30, 2009 @ 4:49 am

    My what a delicious looking salad..Ill make it for dinner tonight..thanks for the recipe.Figtreeapps

  6. Dori — April 1, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Made this last night and it was soooo yummy The feta cheese really made it tasty. Definitely will be making this again. The family loved it too.

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