Baby Spinach Salad with Warm Citrus-Bacon Vinaigrette
2 bacon slices
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons brandy
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
4 cups bagged prewashed baby spinach
1/2 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped peeled mango
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts, toasted
12 fresh raspberries
Cracked black pepper (optional)
How to Make It
To prepare vinaigrette, cook bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Discard drippings. Add orange juice, brandy, vinegar, and honey to pan; cook over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Stir in bacon, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
To prepare salad, combine water and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Add apple; toss to coat. Remove apple from bowl with a slotted spoon; place in a large bowl. Add spinach, onion, and mango to apple. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and toss gently to coat. Arrange about 2 1/4 cups salad on each of 2 plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons walnuts and 6 raspberries. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.
I made this salad last night & it was delicious. I made a few subs/additions. I subbed strawberries for the mango, pecans for the walnuts, and added chopped, roasted chicken breast. I also chopped the apple, I used a Pink Lady, and added it to the vinaigrette as it reduced. I poured the warm dressing and apples over the spinach to wilt the greens, then topped with the strawberries, chicken, and pecans. Fabulous!
this a great recipe and very adaptable. I didn't have all the fruit on hand, so I used strawberries and grapes instead. I also subbed pecans since I was out of walnuts and used turkey bacon to reduce the fat. Still a great salad - the dressing is the key. So good and so much better than the wilted spinach I grew up with that was full of grease!
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