Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spinach Salad with Creamy Bacon Dressing

If it's true that our bodies crave what we need, then I must be in dire need of Vitamins A, C, Iron, B-6, and Magnesium, because all of this great nutrition can be found in spinach. Wow. I have been eating so much spinach lately that I decided to buy a pack of seeds and plant my window boxes just prior to the onset of spring in order to harvest my own nutritious greens before the heat of summer. 

An advantage to this type of craving is that it allows me to try various salad dressings and combinations of ingredients. One of my favorite dressings so far, during my week of concentrated experimentation, is this creamy bacon-studded version. As with all dressings, you can increase or decrease according to your tastes, but this was just perfect for me. It works with any type of tossed greens, but was particularly good on fresh spinach. Top with Bleu cheese crumbles and chopped hard-boiled egg. Wonderful!
Creamy Bacon Dressing

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup Hellman's mayonnaise (or Dukes, NOT light, no!)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Coleman's dry mustard
4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
2 Tablespoons chopped yellow onion
Freshly ground black pepper

Gradually whisk vinegar into mayonnaise until thoroughly blended. Whisk in sugar, salt, mustard, bacon, onion, and a few gratings of pepper. Toss with greens and serve immediately.

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Unknown said...

This salad looks delicious!

Michela @ http://boundlesskitchen.blogspot.com/

Marigene said...

Yummy, yummy!I never turn down any salad...

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Yes, it does look so delicious! Yum!

Alycia Nichols said...

I am 100% all in, sister!!! I love fresh spinach, and have been a spinach salad fan for 40+ years. I like the idea of making my own dressing for it so that I can control the amount of sodium and sugar that goes into it. And fresher is better every time anyway!


Sunny Simple Life said...

We love salads and especially spinach. Easier to digest. So yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Janice Kay Schaub said...

That looks so good. I might just give that a try. I am hungry for salads again after winter soups and stews.