Spinach And Smoked Bacon Salad

This is a beautiful salad. Love bacon? got it. Love baby spinach? got that too. Love Zinfandel wine? Yup! It’s here.

  • 6 tbsp. Zinfandel wine
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 12 oz. smoked bacon
  • pinch of ¬†lemon finishing salt
  • 4 bunches baby spinach, stems removed, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Combine the wine, shallots and mustard in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil. set aside.

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels, save drippings in pan. Crumble the bacon.

Wash the spinach in ice water and place in a salad spinner to remove all the water. Put in a bowl, add the crumbled bacon. Now warm the drippings in the skillet and take 2 tbsp. out and whisk into the dressing. Toss the salad and sprinkle toasted pecans over the top.

Oh yeah, pour a glass of the Zinfandel and truly enjoy.  This salad is great for a barbecue. It will serve 12.

 

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