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Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette 

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

 TGI Friday’s had a salad years ago on their menu.  It was a bed of greens, fried chicken pieces, hard-boiled eggs, a few other things like tomatoes and such.  That alone doesn’t sound too amazing, but what made that salad amazing for me was the salad dressing.  Hot bacon mustard.  The first time I saw it on the menu, didn’t sound too great to me. But the server was adamant that it was delicious.  I gave it a try and instantly fell in love with it. I don’t think that salad is on their menu anymore, nor do I even live near a TGI Friday’s, but I have never forgotten that dressing.

I have wanted to make the dressing forever, but have never really gotten around to it…until tonight.  After all the heavy eating this weekend, I wanted a lighter meal.  My sister Emily left half a bag of Spinach in my refrigerator and a bag of Cuties.  A citrus salad sounded nice, but that left me needing protein.  And a dressing. I decided a hot bacon mustard vinaigrette would be a great dressing, but not so great with the citrus (or it could be, I’ll experiment sometime.)

While bacon is delicious, a food group unto itself in the opinion of many, it is not a good primary protein for me to eat for dinner.  Enter the egg.  A fried egg can make everything better, always.  Xavier raised a skeptical eyebrow at me when I mentioned the egg to him. But his cleaned plate signified to me that he enjoyed it.  Although in hindsight, I wish I made two eggs for his salad as he confessed he ate cookies for lunch.

The dressing is very tangy, as it is a vinaigrette, but if you want to turn the tang down, omit the white wine and add a bit more brown sugar.  I love tangy, so for me it was perfect.  I only made a single egg for both Xavier and myself, but that’s a personal call, if you want two eggs, make two, want four, make four. You can’t go wrong in anyway

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 10 pieces of bacon
  • 1 medium shallot; minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 11/4 tbsp brown sugar; +/- to taste
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp bacon fat

Salad

  • 4-8 eggs; fried
  • 1/2 red onion; thinly sliced
  • Bag/head/bunch of spinach

Instructions

  1. In a pan, cook the bacon.
  2. Once the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan and allow to cool on paper towels, absorbing any excess fat.
  3. Once cooled, crumble the bacon into tiny pieces.
  4. While the bacon is cooling, remove all but 2 tbsp of fat from the pan.
  5. Sauté the shallots over a medium-high heat in the remaining bacon fat for about two minutes or until they become very aromatic.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and add in all the remaining ingredients except the bacon. Mix well.
  7. Be careful to not over salt, as the bacon will add more salt to the dressing.
  8. Once the dressing has been well blended, add the crumbled bacon in, mix well, and set aside.
  9. Assemble the bowls with the spinach, add the red onions and dressing. Set aside.
  10. Fry the desired amount of eggs that have been seasoned with salt and pepper.
  11. Place the egg (s) on top of the spinach and serve.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Mustard Vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlys (This and That)
    June 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This sounds so good Michelle. Thanks for dropping it off on my page. Pinning it so that I have the recipe.

  • Reply
    Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer
    July 15, 2015 at 8:07 am

    This sounds amazing, and easy to make. This will be happening for dinner one night next week for sure! I can already taste the bacon! mmmmmm

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

      Hope you enjoy it Kaitie.

  • Reply
    Sara
    July 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This sounds amazing, I love a good spinach salad and I totally prefer your fried egg to the hard boiled eggs I usually see!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 16, 2015 at 1:14 am

      The fried egg makes is silky. Hope you enjoy it Sara.

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    July 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I love spinach salads and this one sounds divine with the hot bacon vinaigrette! And isn’t just about everything better with a fried egg on top? Yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 16, 2015 at 1:15 am

      Thank you Joy, yes, a fried egg makes everything better.

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula
    July 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    That dressing sounds so so good!

  • Reply
    Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give
    July 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I spend a lot of time in Long Island for work and one of my favorite meals is to pop into one of the local NY delis for a spinach and bacon salad. I’m definitely going to have to give your version a try!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 16, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Thanks Kimberly Ann, I hope you enjoy it.

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