It turns out that very few men in my family eat salads.
My baby brother is incredibly finicky and drowns his salad in dressing and pulls out pieces that look too crunchy—or as he calls them, ‘hard’–and the bowl winds up looking like soup-and-salad.
The older of my two brothers…..well, I’ve never seen him eat a salad before, actually. And the same goes for my brother-in-law.
Last fall, my hubs (then-boyfriend) and I threw a harvest dinner party at the casa, and I was eager to try out new dishes. I was most excited about the salad I’m about to share with you this evening, since it incorporated all kinds of flavors that we loved and celebrated the taste of fall. I was not betting on either of my brothers or my husband’s brother to check it out.
(Had I placed a five-minute-shoulder-rub bet that they boys wouldn’t eat it, I’d be a goner.)
My brothers actually ate it up, and my brother-in-law had, like, three hefty helpings. Yeah!!!!!!!!
And before you go running away with thoughts of this being a bad-for-you salad, it’s adapted from Cooking Light, so there!
We had plenty of pork tenderloin, pot roast , and butternut squash risotto from my cooking extravaganzas last week, so I figured a salad would round out a meal of leftovers nicely…..and sadly, there are no leftover remains of this delicious dish.
Try it out for size:
SPINACH SALAD WITH HONEY-BACON DRESSING
1-–Chop 1 large apple (or two small apples) and 1 red onion and slice it vertically, enough to make 1/3 cup.
(I neglected to remember this whole 1/3 cup bit, and used my entire red onion in the salad, and it was not overpowering–however, I like onions, so do as you wish.)
2–Cook 4 slices of bacon in a non-stick skillet until it is mmm mmm crispy! Remove from pan and reserve 1 tsp of the bacon drippings in the pan; responsibly get rid of the rest. Crumble up your bacon and let it hang out for a second. (You can use turkey bacon if you wish)
3–In a little bowl, whisk up 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 c. rice vinegar, 2 T. honey, 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Pour into the bacon pan and stir, bringing to a boil. Take it off the heat.
4–Combine that chopped onion, that chopped apple, that crumbled bacon, and 1 10 oz. package of baby spinach and pour your dressing over the top.
So good, you might want to make it a double.
Enjoy and happy eating!