March 02, 2011

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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While we were visiting my mom & dad's house a few weeks ago I saw a book lying on the counter that caught my eye.  The cover wasn't super attractive, but I opened it up anyway and the photos in the book just blew me away.  They immediately made me say "I must buy this cookbook!"

The next weekend while shopping I went straight to Borders and found the book!  There are so many recipes I will be making from this book and I can't wait to share them.  It is amazing how you can cut calories by eating very similar things right at home.

This salad that I made fit right into the South Beach Diet eating plan for phase 1 (which Grumpy and I are both following as of Monday).  I upped the protein since it was going to be our main meal and because Grumpy has to have more substance than salad and a little bit of protein :o)  He was skeptical because he's not a big raw spinach lover but he ate it anyway (did he have a choice?  he he).  He actually enjoyed the salad!  It was delicious and filling.  Definitely a keeper!


Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
adapted from Cook This! Not That!

3 strips bacon
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 cup sliced mushroom
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 Tbsp Dion mustard
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 bag (6 oz) baby spinach
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Heat large skillet ove rmedium heat.  Cook the bacon until crispy, 5-7 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel on a plate and reserve.

Add the onion and mushrooms to the hot pan and cook until the onions begin to brown, about 3 minutes.  Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan.  Cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 4 minutes.  Stir the mustard and vinegar into the pan; season with salt and pepper.  If the pan looks dry, add a splash of olive oil.  To serve, top spinach with hot shrimp mixture and some of the liquid in the pan.  Sprinkle with the bacon.

**Note, the calories in my salad were not the same as the book - however they couldn't have changed a whole lot - if anything, they were probably less.  I omitted pine nuts, used half the bacon.  I upped the shrimp however as I used a whole pound where the recipe tells you to use only 1/2 a pound for 4 people.  I wanted a main dish so I upped the protein.

25 comments:

pennylane53 said...

This looks and sounds really good Shelby. My husband and I are very big on salads lately. Might have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

Tracy said...

My Grandma used to make spinach salad with hot bacon dressing and it was one of my favorites! Although I think she used to add a lot of sugar to the dressing ... definitely not south beach!

Deeba PAB said...

Love the balance of colours and nutrients in the platter... YUM!!

Fallon said...

I always enjoy a good spinach out. I should try making this at home!

Julie M. said...

This dish makes me think of my mom. She adores hot bacon dressing. And I pretty much adore anything with the word bacon in it. That, my friend, is a seriously gorgeous salad.

Pegasuslegend said...

my kind of salad love the shrimp and bonus of healthy spinach lovely photo Shelby!

polwig said...

This salad looks amazing, I love the addition of shrimp in it. It makes me want to make it right now... a salad... really?

teresa said...

yuuuuuuum! must. have. salad!

Mads said...

I never think to add hard boiled eggs to salad when I'm at home, but I always get excited when they are on my salads at restaurants.
Yay for inspirational salad toppings!

Fallon said...

Made this tonight because it sounded so good!! If anything I could of added more Dijon/vinegar because the mushrooms soaked up everything!!! The flavors were great, thanks to bacon and I added some goat cheese on top. It was wonderful!

Patsyk said...

I love the look of that salad! I would totally enjoy that as my main dish!

Lizzy said...

Wow, my husband's favorite salad...plus those delicious shrimp! Love this~

Jill said...

Delicious!
My husband adores hot bacon dressing on endive...I know he would love this salad!

Aggie said...

great salad Shelby!! I did south beach for a while, and still try to live the lifestyle (along with Sonoma Diet!)...good luck, I had lots of success with it. Its a great way to kick start everything!

I'm craving this salad now! Minus the bacon dressing (since I don't do bacon anymore...wonder what I could sub?).

marla said...

A salad is so extra special with a warm bacon dressing :)

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

This sounds so good! I love spinach salads.

Michelle said...

This is what I call a "total Yum". Love the sound of warm bacon dressing!!

Amanda said...

This looks wonderful Shelby!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

This looks really delicious, Shelby! And with the bacon dressing and shrimp in there I'm sure I could get hubby to give it a try!

I've seen that book, Cook This Not That, several times and almost bought it. Now I think I'm going back to the bookstore and get a copy.

Kristen said...

You had me at warm bacon dressing - yum!

SMITH BITES said...

nope - this salad is DEFINITELY NOT BORING!!

Megan said...

This is my kind of salad! Shrimp, bacon, and spinach, yes please!

mayajo said...

My wife is gonna love this, she just loves seafood and veggies! just perfect for dinner!

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Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Great book great recipe and spot on wonderful photos!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Hey Shelby... Just wanted to drop you a note that I LOVED THIS RECIPE. I made it last night for dinner (and already posted it on my blog... with all due credit of course). I had such a fun time going through your blog getting to know a little bit about you (and my new best friend, the Grump).

Feel free to come see what I did to your recipe...

http://erecipecards.blogspot.com/2011/08/spinach-salad-with-warm-bacon-dressing.html

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