Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon and Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Adapted from a recipe from Cook's Illustrated Magazine, March and April, 2002. This Spinach Salad is so good!

Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon and Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Recipe Type: Salad and Salad Dressing, Spinach, Balsamic Vinegar
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 min


6 cups (5-ounces) fresh spinach leaves, washed, dried, and chilled
2 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/4 teaspoon coarse or sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon good-quality aged balsamic vinegar*

* To purchase good-quality balsamic vinegars, check out What's Cooking America's Gourmet Food Store.


Remove stems and veins from spinach and tear into bite-sized pieces; place spinach in a large bowl.

In a small frying pan over medium heat, fry bacon approximately 5 minutes or until crisp; transfer with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in pan.

Return frying pan to medium heat; add oil, onion, salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is slightly softened. Add balsamic vinegar; swirl to incorporate.

Pour warm dressing over spinach and toss gently to wilt (when properly wilted, the leaf edges soften slightly, but the spinach retains some crunch). Sprinkle bacon over spinach and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.


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