Hot summer nights call for cool summer dinners! This Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing fits both of those bills, is delicious and healthy for you too!

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 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 Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 bag (6 oz) baby spinach
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Instructions

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.

Notes

**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.

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Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

26 Comments

  1. pennylane53 March 2, 2011 at 10:16 am - Reply

    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.

  2. Tracy March 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    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!

  3. Deeba PAB March 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm - Reply

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

  4. Fallon March 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm - Reply

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

  5. Julie M. March 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. Pegasuslegend March 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm - Reply

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

  7. polwig March 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm - Reply

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

  8. teresa March 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    yuuuuuuum! must. have. salad!

  9. Mads March 3, 2011 at 12:42 am - Reply

    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!

  10. Fallon March 3, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    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!

  11. Patsyk March 3, 2011 at 2:38 am - Reply

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

  12. Lizzy March 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

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

  13. Jill March 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

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

  14. Aggie March 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    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?).

  15. marla March 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    A salad is so extra special with a warm bacon dressing 🙂

  16. megan @ whatmegansmaking March 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    This sounds so good! I love spinach salads.

  17. Michelle March 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm - Reply

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

  18. Amanda March 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This looks wonderful Shelby!

  19. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    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.

  20. Kristen March 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    You had me at warm bacon dressing – yum!

  21. SMITH BITES March 8, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    nope – this salad is DEFINITELY NOT BORING!!

  22. Megan March 9, 2011 at 1:24 am - Reply

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

  23. mayajo March 18, 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

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

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  24. Inspired by eRecipeCards August 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Great book great recipe and spot on wonderful photos!

  25. Inspired by eRecipeCards August 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    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

  26. Anonymous November 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm - Reply

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