Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
Why are so many wilted spinach salads limp and lifeless, overdressed, and greasy? We set out to create a wilted spinach salad worthy of our ideal.
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 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.