I’m always trying to find ways to get some fresh greens into our diet. Fresh spinach is one thing that we all seem to enjoy and so to dress it up I roasted some onion and red bell pepper and made a warm balsamic vinaigrette. Adding the warm vegetables and dressing tends to wilt the spinach just a touch and makes this salad really delicious. And for my bacon lovers I added a little sprinkle of bacon bits to top it off.
In a small skillet or saucepan, heat the reserved 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and pour the vinaigrette ingredients into the pan. Heat the dressing for 2 – 3 minutes, the onions will begin to soften and the flavors will blend together.
Drizzle warm balsamic vinaigrette over top of salad.
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 bag of Spinach Leaves
4 slices Bacon
2 tablespoons Red Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, grated on a microplane hand grater
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Reserved Bacon Grease
Divide Spinach among 4 salad plates.
Fry the bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and cut into smaller bits. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
In a small bowl, combine the onion, garlic, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Return reserved bacon grease to a small skillet or saucepan. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to the pan and heat over medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes to warm the dressing and soften the onion.
Saute onion and red bell pepper in a small skillet drizzled with olive oil. Saute over medium heat until the vegetables become soft.
Divide the peppers and onions among the 4 salad plates on top of the spinach, add a sprinkle of bacon bits and drizzle warm balsamic vinaigrette over top.