So Pat’s mom asked us to bring a salad. She mentioned she liked baby spinach so I hurriedly grabbed a few cookbooks and looked for something good to bring. I know I could have just grabbed a bag of salad at the grocery store but I wanted to bring something nice. I also think salads get so much better with a little effort.
I found a wilted spinach salad in my The Food You Crave and I decided to make something similiar. Since I would make the salad at home and then bring it down to his parents I didn’t want to sautee the mushrooms and onions.
I simply cooked the bacon, and removed it paper towel lined plate when it was crispy. I drained the fat from the skillet and then deglazed the pan with apple cider and apple vinedar.
Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing
Adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
5 oz baby spinach
3 slices bacon
1/2 red onion sliced thinly
8 oz coarsely chopped mushrooms
1 cup apple cider
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy and remove it to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Drain fat from skillet. Add cider and vinegar to skillet and deglaze pan. Reduce to half. Whisk in mustard.
Place spinach in a large bowel. Add mushrooms, onions, and bacon. Toss well. Serve with dressing.