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Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Serves 4

This easy salad can be dressed up or down, depending on what else you’re serving. To make it a main-dish, add your choice of additional veggies, chopped boiled eggs, fruits, cheeses and/or nuts. The sweet-and-sour vinaigrette, with a touch of bacon (1/2 slice per serving: just enough to flavor the vinaigrette), really lends itself to either savory or sweet additions. Let your imagination and your family’s personal tastes dictate what you add.


2 center-cut uncured bacon slices

1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/6 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Dash of kosher salt

6 cups washed fresh spinach

Optional savory add-ons:

Feta cheese, blue cheese, parmesan cheese, red bell pepper, red onion, chopped boiled eggs, cubed avocado

Optional fruit add-ons:

Pineapple chunks, blueberries, strawberries, dried sweet cherries, think apple or pear slices, mango, papaya, blackberries, dried cranberries, raisins

Optional nut add-ons:

Toasted walnuts, almonds, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios

Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble.

Add vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, pepper and salt to drippings in pan, stirring with a whisk. Stir in bacon. Drizzle over spinach and toss. Add other ingredients as desired.

Per Serving (does not include any optional additions): 79 Calories; 7g Fat (73.5% calories from fat); 2g Saturated Fat; 2 Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 8mg Cholesterol; 142 Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Lean Meat; ½ Vegetable; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Recipe Courtesy of LowFatLifeStyle.com. Visit them on the web for more free recipes and healthy cooking tips.