Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Published October 1, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

We loved the idea of a wilted spinach salad, but most recipes produce limp, lifeless, overdressed dishes. For a spinach salad recipe worthy of our ideal, we chose to dress mature spinach in a hot vinaigrette. The spinach wilted a bit when doused with the dressing, but didn’t turn to mush like… read more

We loved the idea of a wilted spinach salad, but most recipes produce limp, lifeless, overdressed dishes. For a spinach salad recipe worthy of our ideal, we chose to dress mature spinach in a hot vinaigrette. The spinach wilted a bit when doused with the dressing, but didn’t turn to mush like baby spinach. We added heft to our hot bacon dressing recipe with red onion and Dijon mustard, and prepared it in a Dutch oven so we could cook the spinach, covered, with the dressing for a few seconds. This produced a perfect, evenly wilted spinach salad.

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Serves 4 to 6

Although most bagged spinach is supposedly washed before bagging, we have often found that some leaves remain gritty. Give the leaves a quick rinse and then dry them in a salad spinner before preparing the recipe.

Ingredients

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