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Warm Spinach and Bacon Salad in a bowl next to two forks on top of a beige napkin

Warm Spinach and Bacon Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Keyword: Spinach salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 212kcal
This Warm Spinach and Bacon Salad is pure comfort in a bowl. The warm vinaigrette is so satisfyingly delicious and brings the wonderful components of this salad together perfectly. Bacon, marinated mushrooms and hard-boiled eggs were made for this incredible salad. So very tasty!
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  • 1/2 cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb button mushrooms halved, or quartered
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 8 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved


  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until they have softened, are lightly browned and giving off their juices, about 6 minutes.
  • Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of the oil, the lemon juice, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Toss the mushrooms to coat and let marinate for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  • Hard boil the eggs by placing them in a pot just large enough to hold them. Add cold water to cover by about an inch and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and cover. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the eggs, then transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Peel and slice the eggs. Set aside.
  • Put the spinach in a large salad bowl.
  • Fry the bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Off the heat, whisk the vinegar and mustard into the bacon fat, then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoon of oil.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and then drizzle over the spinach and then toss to coat.
  • Divide the dressed spinach among individual bowls and top with the cooked bacon, marinated mushrooms, sliced eggs, onion slices, and tomatoes.


Calories: 212kcal