Mandarin Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Sometimes you feel like bacon sometimes you don’t, who am I kidding you should always feel like bacon. Hot bacon dressing is a classic recipe that has been part of my family for years, salty and sweet. The steakhouse classic: mushroom, spinach and mandarin orange salad is a favorite of my husband’s…so I decided to combine the two into a hot bacon salad that has become a favorite dinner for us. This salad is easy to throw together and the dressing can be made in advance and reheated when you are ready to serve the salad. Mandarin Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing is a decadent accompaniment to a steak dinner or with a little crusty bread it can be a simple and satisfying meal on its own.

This salad exemplifies why you can cook better at home than in a restaurant. Few restaurants offer a hot bacon dressing salad and when they do it is expensive.  The bacon is skimpy and often the dressing is bland, cold or oily. At home with this recipe you will not have any of those restaurant related complaints. Love bacon? Add an extra strip or two! Dressing need more zip? Up the vinegar and add a dash of salt before it goes on the spinach. I can promise the trip from your stove to your dinner table is shorter than from the back of a restaurant kitchen to you sitting at table 12, so getting it hot will not be an issue. Go crazy! As a home chef you can toss a few cherry tomatoes in or sprinkle some some blue cheese crumbles on top, food made at home is the you want it not how a restaurant menu tells you to eat it.

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 6 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1 pint mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 medium onion (sliced)
  • 1 15 oz can of mandarin oranges
  • 1-2 tbs of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 12 oz bag fresh baby or small leaf spinach
Read the whole recipe on Cook Better Than Most Restaurants