This delicious, healthy Brunch Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing with eggs, mushrooms and a warm bacon vinaigrette that slightly wilts the spinach will be a welcome addition to any brunch spread! (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)
Now that we’ve established that we’re NOT going on any diets or detoxes, or giving up sugar/dairy/whatever this month, it’s time to talk about what we are going to do – EAT normally. In the first month of the new year when everyone around you might be talking about Whole30, the number of pounds they are going to lose, or the amount of times they’re going to the gym each week, you don’t have to do anything but nourish yourself and move your body in a way that feels right (and not like punishment) to you.
To me, that means I’m trying out a few new workout classes while studios have new year specials, and most importantly, continuing to eat meals and snacks as I normally would. If that means I’m craving dessert or a treat, then I’ll eat it and not feel one bit guilty. If I’m craving a salad, I’ll eat a salad. Lately I’ve been craving big ol’ spinach salads.
But this isn’t just any spinach salad. Oh no, it’s a wilty, warm spinach salad with eggs, mushrooms and a warm bacon dressing. It’s delicious and perfect suitable for your brunch or dinner table (although I like it best alongside brunch for a crowd.)
This time of year, I’m obsessed with warm, slightly wilted greens that taste fresh, but don’t leave me shivering (since it’s been 10 degrees out lately and I can’t deal with it). If I’m making a kale salad, I’ll lightly sauté or steam the kale first. And in the case of spinach, a warm bacon dressing does the trick nicely.
This yummy brunch spinach salad with warm bacon dressing goes so well alongside any of your favorite brunch dishes, from waffles or pastries, to quiche and breakfast potatoes. And don’t forget the mimosas (or faux-mosas in my case)! After all, iron in spinach is better absorbed with a little vitamin C.
Whip up this easy brunch spinach salad for your next brunch to brighten up the table a bit. I’m sure your guests will thank you for having just a little something green and delicious amongst the other usual brunch dishes!
Brunch Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
This delicious Brunch Spinach Salad Warm Bacon Dressing is a light, fresh brunch dish that will be a welcome addition to any breakfast or brunch spread! (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: salad
- 2 slices uncured bacon
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1-inch piece red onion, very thinly sliced
For bacon dressing:
- 1 tbsp reserved bacon fat
- 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch freshly cracked black pepper
- In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, reserving 1 tbsp fat. Crumble bacon and set aside.
- Heat reserved bacon fat over low heat. Whisk in vinegar, oil, syrup, salt and pepper. Pour over spinach in a large bowl and toss to coat.
- Arrange spinach on a serving platter. Top with crumbled bacon, egg slices, mushrooms slices and red onion slices. Serve immediately.
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