spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

January 3, 2013

in Recipes, Salads

so my first recipe for 2013…

the truth is I made this in 2012….it was between this and a donut muffin recipe.

yeah I opted for the salad…which this salad isn’t healthy really…bacon dressing…sorry

BUT it was really good. I’ve never made bacon dressing before…I was somewhat traumatized by the main ingredient…which I’ve had bacon dressing before at restaurants…I guess I just never really thought what it was made with. hahaha

I share either way since it was good. And the point of my blog is share what I make that is good. Sorry for you new years resolutionist out there that had healthy eating or no bacon. no worries there will be a lots of recipes for you as well in 2013 :-)

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 8oz package organic baby spinach
  • 2 Large farm fresh eggs
  • 1 Large carrot (shredded)
  • 8 pieces thick sliced bacon (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt

Directions

Remove the stems from the spinach wash and dry. Place into salad serving bowl.
Place the eggs into a large pot and cover with cold water by at least 1-inch. Heat on high. Once the water comes to a boil turn the burner off. Leave the eggs in the water for 15 minutes. Remove and peel off the shell. Cut up each egg - I quarted mine. Set into salad bowl with spinach.
While the eggs are cooking cook the bacon. I prefer to cook mine in the oven. I cook for about 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Make sure it is cooked all the way through. Save 3 tablesoons of the bacon grease.Crumble the bacon into salad serving bowl.
Transfer the bacon grease to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with a small pinch of salt.
Add dressing to the salad and toss together. Serve immediatly and enjoy.

recipe from the food network Alton Brown

 

what I also wanted to incorporate into my blog this year is the importance of REAL food. I have a passion for this. I strive to learn more – to keep my children healthy, me & my husband and hopefully with these tidbits of information to help you be more healthy…it is truly awful what is happening in our world with the food industry…as I rambled about in this post.  again I am not perfect I don’t cook/bake my meals 100% real…but it is something I strive for…and for the majority of our meals to be farm fresh.

In this post and many of my others I talk about getting farm fresh eggs here are a list of 5 reasons why:

1. Bugs, Worms, and Live Food. Having chickens roam free is part of the natural cycle of life on a farm. Pastured chickens eat bugs, worms, seeds, and grasses for protein. Eating live food makes their eggs better-tasting and healthier.

2. Happy Chickens. It is more humane to allow a chicken to roam free in a pasture than to be cooped up without any fresh air to breathe or space to move.

3. More Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Pastured eggs contain over two times more Omega-3 fatty acid than industrial eggs. Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory fats and are heart healthy.

4. More Micronutrients. These eggs contain higher quantities of minerals and vitamins, like A and E.

5. Home Grown: Buying pastured eggs is the closest to raising chickens yourself.  Although this is a growing trend, I much prefer the convenience of buying them at a farm.

information from here

and my own #6 – they taste better! much better!

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Brittany Peters January 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I get my eggs from Oberweis and I looooove them! They have more Omega and they taste amazing :)
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anotherbiteplease January 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

we always drink Oberweis when we visit my husband sister down by Chicago..the kids love their chocolate milk.

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sally @ sallys baking addiction January 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

this is something my boyfriend would LOVE. We have salads together all the time, but rarely have a dressing as tasty as warm bacon. it’s a must try. REAL food – I am all about it. no processed snacks in our kitchen, ever. Except if I’m using an Oreo in a cookie recipe or something lol. Love this!
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anotherbiteplease January 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Sally…i don’t think one can go wrong with bacon crumbles on salad and topped with bacon dressing :-) and isn’t that the truth about baking…nothing compares to an oreo…i just saw your oreo blonde bar recipe that I had printed out when going through my stack of recipes and thought oooo…wanna make that one again!

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jackie @ marin mama cooks January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love that you’re posting what you love instead of what you feel like you should post. Everyone is posting healthy recipes because they feel like they should be doing that and that it’s what everyone is needing and wanting to eat. Food is about balance, and I think if you eat balanced all year then you shouldn’t have to start fresh in the new year. I also think this time of year our bodies crave warm and comforting foods, so it’s only natural that we want to eat that way. I love bacon and have honestly never tried bacon in a dressing, but bring it on! It sounds delish!
xoxo,
Jackie
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anotherbiteplease January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

ahhhh…thanks Jackie…i did struggle with what to post…but i kept coming back to we liked it, why not share it. And I could not agree with you more. It is SO much about balance…eating good and not beating yourself up when you have some “bad”…food is good…life is good…:-)

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Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

I can totally relate! I actually watched my sister-in-law make bacon dressing once, and after that, I was hesitant (to say the least) about taking a bite. But when I did, it was really good!
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anotherbiteplease January 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

hahahahaha haley I was so hesitant too…i just kept thinking about top chef and how much they cook with pig fat and pig belly…so dipped my finger in to taste test…and why would it not be good I thought then it is good old fat. ha!

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife January 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

EVERY new year should be begin with bacon! I love warm bacon dressing too, but have never tried to make it myself (it’s always been an “eating out” thing). Thanks for the recipe. I might just have to give this a go!
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anotherbiteplease January 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Ha Erin I will remember that for 2014 :-) This dressing has always been an eating out one for us too…now to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

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