Spinach Salad with Bacon, Red Onion and Egg

Posted in Bacon, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Spring, Uncategorized, Vegetable on Mar 22, 2010

Spinach SaladThe Salad Wars rage on here at headquarters and I’ve struck a blow for the side of leafy greens by wielding one of my favorite weapons:  bacon. As Buffi says: “Jenny, bacon is ALWAYS the answer.” One of the things The Boy has complained about with regards to salad is he doesn’t like the crunchy pieces. I don’t even get that, considering he’ll eat croutons until his palate is shredded. Being that this is the case (for now, bwahahaha) I figured a nice, tender, baby spinach would be a good starting point.

And then I remembered this salad that my mom and her girlfriends used to have when they’d gather to catch up on life while the kids ran around half-naked in the backyard. Granted the ladies never served theirs with boxed stuffing mix, but they also weren’t trying to appease The Boy.

Spinach Salad

I don’t know if this is the classic spinach salad or not, but it is always delicious and filling. I have seen a lot of recipes that include button mushrooms, but I’m not a fan. What I am a fan of is garnishing with mandarin orange segments. Mmmm. Here’s what we started with:

Spinach Salad

  • 1 bag of washed baby spinach
  • a few thin slices of red onion
  • 8 strips of thick-sliced bacon, cooked until crispy and then chopped
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped (slice ’em if you are fancy.)
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges, well drained (would be nice to use clementine segments instead of these packed-in-syrup things.)

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons of bacon grease (aw yeah)
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Spinach Salad

Okay, so, first things first – slice the onion.  Wash the spinach.  Take a cheeseball photo of your kid holding the spinach.  Perfect.

Spinach Salad Okay, great. So, now  dump your spinach and your onions in a big serving bowl and give them a light toss.  Next up is cooking the bacon and eggs.  First, with the bacon, you’ll want to cook the whole package, reserving the 8 slices you’ll need for the salad.  The rest of the slices you can use to bribe your family to set the table, and stay out of the pantry while you get the rest of the meal put together.  I was temped to chuck a strip down the hall just to keep the Sous-Chef out of the snack shelf.  Hooo boy.

Okay, so pretend I took photos of the bacon cooking, and the me chopping it up and all that.  I was so distracted with the bacon-strip chucking that I forgot to grab the camera.

Spinach Salad

Aren’t these eggs pretty?  Anyway, I put them in a pot with just enough water to cover, and brought it to a full rolling boil.  Then I turned off the heat, slapped a lid on the pan and let them rest for 15 minutes.  Except I didn’t let it get to a full rolling boil, resulting in eggs that were sort of medium boiled, as opposed to fully hard boiled.  I’m not crying any tears over here, though.  They were still great.

Spinach Salad

So anyway, while the eggs were hanging out in the spa, The Boy got to work on the dressing.  We mixed together the vinegar, sugar and mustard, and then added the still-hot bacon grease and whisked it all together.

Spinach Salad

Finito!  Isn’t this just yummy looking?

Spinach Salad

Not everyone in the family appreciates the mandarin oranges, so I served those separately.  But will you look at this?

Spinach Salad That is a rare Thumb’s Up from The Boy – after one bite!  As you can see from the photo up at the top, he cleaned his plate without any browbeating at all.  I am a wee bit in shock, as I was with the whole steamed artichoke thing, but what can I say, I’m not going to argue with the results.

Bacon FTW!  (Next time, we’ll do a spinach-based salad without all the heavy meat and eggs and see how it goes.)

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  1. Delicious and healthy salad! I love the addition of egg!
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  2. I’d love the mushrooms, love the oranges. LOVE LOVE the eggs. Red Onions are kind of strong for me, so chopped really well, or just a little bit. It looks gorgeous! Thanks for the recipe. I’ve had loads of spinach salads in my day and never thought to add an egg!

  3. Joanne says:

    If anything is the secret to getting non-veggie lovers to like veggies…it is bacon. I swear you could mix bacon with anything and it would taste good. Love this salad! So many good things.

    I also have a secret love for boxed stuffing. And if you’re going to eat it, it might as well be with salad. So at least there’s SOME nutritional value!

  4. Just found your new blog via Steph over at her crockpot site… this is awesome. Salad looks so yum. I think I might be drooling.
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  5. Becca says:

    I just found your blog! LOVE it! I’m dealing with a picky eater at my house, so reading your experiences will be fun! I may have to try a few of your ideas but I’ve got to be pretty sneaky about getting the veggies in him!

  6. Jackie says:

    What a great salad, and you’re right Bacon IS the answer. 🙂 I wonder if adding bacon to spinach would get my husband to eat it. 😉
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  7. ingrid says:

    Except for the onions that is a good looking salad. 🙂

    Happy Friday!
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  8. Why did I never think of this brilliant idea? I’m going to make bacon this week and add it to some veggies and see what happens here . . . my kid would walk over a bed of hot nails for bacon but won’t have anything to do w/a green veggie. Thank you for the inspiration!
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  9. Kris says:

    I had never thought of bacon. Might have to give that a try. Mine is still hit and miss on everything except hot dogs and pb&j (she’s two) but I am still trying. Thanks for the tip!
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