Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spinach Bacon Salad #SundaySupper

Wish I had some bacon.

This week we had an 80 degree F day followed immediately by a 42 degree F day with the possibility of snow tomorrow. Welcome to (almost) Spring in Kansas. It has always been my favorite season for many reasons, the main one being the season of my birth. In a few short weeks I will enter a new decade. I welcome my 40s in the same vain as I ushered in my 30s: I am wiser now than I was 10 years ago.

With Spring and my birthday also come rain and fresh new crops. With the weather always in question we can never tell when Spring crops will really arrive but we can always find a farmer with a hoop house or greenhouse with some yummy spinach. Our first venture out of winter veggies is almost always spinach.

It can be consumed in a smoothie; baked into a muffin, meatloaf, or spaghetti; or enjoyed in a simple salad such as this:

Spinach Bacon Salad
  • 2 lbs spinach
  • 1 lb leaf lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp onion juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Tear lettuce into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients and toss with salad. Serve immediately. Or, mix dressing and top individual servings as you serve them. Keep greens in a sealed container and consume within 3-4 days.

I have yet to be able to eat just one serving. There is something about the mix of fresh onion, tart vinegar, and sweet sugar that makes me crave this recipe. This time around we ended up eating all of the bacon for breakfast and I was not willing to run out for more at dinner. The salad still tasted good. It tastes even better with a little bacon so I may run out for more later today.

Cute hat!

One last tip. To make the onion juice you simply pulverize an onion in the food processor. I used to spend time letting the juice separate to the top but now I just scoop up a tablespoon of onion pulp and toss it in. Taste great.

If you are looking for more Spring or Green recipes check out what the #SundaySupper team has put together this week:

Green and Spring Dishes Menu Includes:
Apps, Bread, Salads, Soups and Dressings:
Main and Sides:
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  1. Spinach salad with bacon is one of my favorites. Your dressing sounds so healthy - I'm loving the idea of cottage cheese.

  2. I love spinach and bacon salad! It's one of my go-to salads!

  3. Yum! Bacon does seem to make everything taste better.

  4. Sounds like the perfect combo :) - Happy Spring! ~ Bea

  5. Mmmm....Bacon! This looks like a very fresh and yummy salad!

  6. Super cute hat!!! And great, great, salad! ;-)

  7. As much as I love spinach (and believe me, I do), that poor little salad looked so sad without the bacon! Lol. I hear ya - I groan every time I'm making something and realize that I'm missing a crucial ingredient. Your dressing sounds amazing.

  8. Simple is always best! I really like the onion juice idea!

  9. Oh I am very interested in using the onion juice, I have never tried it before. And yes bacon is one of those ingredients that does give a dish that extra oomph it needs. :)

  10. Spinach and bacon go so well together. I like the creamy homemade dressing you have for it too.

  11. You had me at bacon, but wait, you ran out?! We keep spinach on hand all the time--not just for salads but I like things like chili and meatloaf served over a fresh bed of spinach rather than having a starchy side. The salad sounds really good

  12. Love spinach salads! Adding bacon makes it even better.

  13. Love spinach salad and this one looks great!

  14. Spinach and bacon sound so good together!Have to try your dressing.Sounds delicious :)

  15. sounds like a salad that I would LOVE

  16. That combination of ingredients looks so very good!!

  17. This sounds wonderful. JDaniel loves fresh spinach. He might really like this.


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