Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spinach & Bacon Salad

Andy and I have been on a little health-kick lately.  We've been over-indulging a little too much, and our bodies are retaliating.  So in order to pay homage to our bodies, we're eating better.  Everything in moderation right?

What I love about this salad is that it's absolutely beautiful.  It's simple.  It's colorful.  It's downright mesmerizing.  And that's before you even have a bite.

The tangy vinaigrette offers a bright awakening of the senses and goes perfectly with the fresh, colorful vegetables.  Needless to say, our bodies loved us for this.

* This post has been entered as part of Denny's & Foodbuzz's BACONALIA challenge for a chance to win.

2-4 cups baby spinach, washed
1 cup red cabbage, shredded/sliced thinly
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste
4 slices of bacon

In a large bowl, toss the spinach, cabbage, and carrots until mixed.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Heat large skillet under medium high heat and fry up the bacon until crisp, about 5-8 minutes.  Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and roughly chop into small pieces.

Divide vegetables among two plates and top with bacon pieces.  Drizzle vinaigrette over top and dig in!

You definitely won't regret this.  Andy said he loved this salad, and even said that we need to start eating more of this type of salad.  I've got no complaints there!  I mean, this is practically ready in about 15 minutes or less!  And it was super tasty!

I'm off to a bookclub meeting with my girls - this month's book was The Other Boleyn Girl.  Definitely a good one!  Have you read it?  What are you guys currently reading?


  1. I need to try this vinaigrette. I am in search of them. Now stopped buying from store.Spinach salad with bacon sounds delicious.

  2. My mom loves that book! I've never read it. I'm reading 'The Greatest Generation' by Tom Brokaw right now and loving it!

  3. Beautiful looking salad. Haven't read the book, but I saw the movie...Does that count?

  4. You definitely captured the colors of this one! Beautiful. I know what you mean about the over-indulging, I'm feeling it myself. I keep saying I'm going to turn it around, but I keep making excuses. You are inspiring me!

  5. Looks beautiful! I am going to use this dressing recipe next time. Mayple syrup. Yum!

  6. I buy spinach by the BOATLOAD! yum! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. Wat a healthy salad and loved the dressing too...

  8. What a coincidence! I've just made a Soup using Spinach :) Definitely would love to try your salad.

  9. I love salads! This looks healthy and flavoursome. I shall check out the book. Currently I am reading Die Lauscherin im Beichtstuhl from Andrea Schacht.

  10. I am in LOVE with this vinaigrette! I could inhale that salad. Yum!

  11. I love both spinach and bacon - I love the red cabbage in this salad - thanks for the idea :-)

    My best,

  12. Beautiful, healthy and delicious salad! Loveee your photos! Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. Gorgeous salad. Anything with bacon...

  14. Just shows that the fastest and freshest of food can be the best. Your other half sounds so cool that he'll eat salad. Mine would only eat a salad if it was a heat wave or if I put fried potatoes and a kilo of cheese in it! I'll eat yours by myself...

  15. beautiful looking salad...loved it..yum

  16. Hi, Peggy - Thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog post. I also grinned when I saw your post (great culinary minds think alike!). I love your photos, BTW. Cheers! ~ Cleo

  17. Your salad looks delicious and healthy! I've looked through a couple of your posts, and they've all been great! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts!



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