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Delicious Warm Spinach Salad

This warm spinach salad with hot bacon dressing makes a delicious, light meal year 'round. For a heartier, protein-packed meal, you can top it with boiled, sliced eggs or broiled chicken, turkey, fish, shrimp, or tofu!*


  • 1 package of well-washed, fresh baby spinach (about 9 oz to 10 oz)
  • ¼ cup minced sweet red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 thickly sliced or 6 thinly sliced bacon pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar (per 2 tablespoons bacon fat)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar or sugar substitute
  • Well-washed, fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced or diced sweet red pepper


  1. Place spinach and vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Chop bacon and fry it until it's crisp. Drain and pat it dry on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  3. If you like a lightly dressed salad, leave ~2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan. If you want more dressing, use more fat and balance it with equal amounts of vinegar and slightly more sugar or sweetener.
  4. Sautée the onion in the bacon fat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add garlic with the onion and cook for 15 to 30 seconds. Don't brown the garlic!
  6. Add vinegar, and scrape up the brown bits in the pan.
  7. Add salt, freshly ground pepper, and sugar (or sweetener) and stir to dissolve the mixture.
  8. Pour the hot dressing over the spinach.
  9. Toss the spinach until it's well coated. Allow it to sit for a few minutes so that the hot dressing wilts and tenderizes the leaves.
  10. Top with bacon bits.
Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3.5g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Protein 9g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


*When adding eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, shrimp, or tofu, include the following measurements:

4-oz skinless chicken breast = 1 gram fat, 27 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrate, 130 calories
4-oz roasted skinless turkey = 3 grams fat, 24 grams protein, 0 carbohydrates, 153 calories
3 grilled shrimp = 1 gram fat, 5.2 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrate, 80 calories
3.5-oz fish fillet = 2 grams fat, 23 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrate, 100 calories
3-oz tofu = 12 grams fat, 24 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrate, 240 calories
1 egg = 4.5 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrate, 70 calories