Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon, Sweet Potatoes, and ChÈvre
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
- Sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 6 bacon slices
- 5 ounces baby spinach leaves, rinsed and drained (about 5 cups)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 2 ounces chèvre or other soft goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Toss sweet potato with olive oil and 1 tablespoon vinegar; add sea salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Place bacon along edges of sheet. Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on a paper towel; let cool, and break into bite-size pieces. Stir sweet potato to coat with bacon drippings, and bake 15 to 20 more minutes or until tender and golden brown around edges.
- 2. Place spinach in a large bowl; add warm potato, scraping drippings from pan into bowl. Add remaining vinegar and parsley, and gently toss to mix. Add bacon and chèvre, and divide evenly onto plates. Serve warm.
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