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Spinach Salad with a Warm Bacon Dressing

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The spinach at HighCross Farm is sublime.  I decided to utilize my big bag of spinach and make a salad.

I always loved the warm bacon dressing that accompanied a spinach salad in the restaurants, and wondered if I had the ingredients here to come up with my version of a warm bacon dressing.

I must say, I didn’t let myself down.  Not only does this dressing taste great, it’s super simple to make.

Warm Bacon Dressing

  • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 c water
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/2 red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • S & P to taste

In a large frying pan or sauce pan, fry bacon until crispy. Drain bacon on paper towel.  Keep 4 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan.

Add sliced shallot and let caramelize.

While bacon is frying you can prepare the other ingredients for the dressing.

In a medium bowl whisk together the water, honey and vinegar.  Add the cornstarch and whisk until the cornstarch dissolves.

Add mixture to the shallots, add the bacon and whisk together in pan. Let heat to almost boiling while whisking intermittently.  You will notice it start to thicken. Once thick, take off the heat and salt and pepper to taste.

Let it cool down a bit before adding to greens.  Enjoy!

You will have a lot of dressing left over.  Put it into a container and enjoy it through the week or put it in the freezer.

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