Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad

Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Food Styling: Kevin Crafts
Substitute fresh Rainiers in recipes that call for dried cherries. Spinach salad gets a whole new life that way.


Serves 4
Total time: 20 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 245
Caloriesfromfat 68 %
Protein 11 g
Fat 19 g
Satfat 7.1 g
Carbohydrate 11 g
Fiber 2.5 g
Sodium 583 mg
Cholesterol 28 mg


8 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-in. pieces
8 ounces baby spinach
8 ounces pitted Rainier cherries
2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ounces shaved aged manchego cheese


1. Cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and reserve bacon grease.

2. Put spinach, cherries, vinegar, oil, salt, and 2 tbsp. reserved bacon fat in a serving bowl; toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon pieces and top with cheese.

June 2012
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