Well, we just weathered the first of our tropical storms (Beryl) for the season. And really, it wasn’t too bad except for the trees smashing up against our windows last night. I think the worst of it was that some of our neighbors lost power for the evening… luckily we did not, so we did a Lord of the Rings marathon. Yay for tropical storm parties! And so today, we catch up on some much needed work.
Spanish word of the day: la ensalada (salad)
I usually post my dressings and salads separate and make suggestions, but I feel very strongly about these two going together, so I’m pairing them for today. Of course you could use them for something else, but I really recommend trying this as is…its one of Angel’s and my favorites.
Spinach Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing
4 strips Bacon (cubed, cooked, oil reserved)
1 Granny Smith Apple
2 handfuls Baby Spinach
2 handfuls Arugula
¼ tsp Sea Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Chives
¼ cup Pecans
Optional – Goat Cheese (if you do dairy, this is perfect!)
Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing:
1 Tbsp Coconut Vinegar
¼ tsp Dijon Mustard
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
Reserved Bacon Grease
Chop the apple and shallots into slices, the chives and the pecans into small pieces.
In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut vinegar, Dijon mustard, and bacon fat. Whisk in olive oil until the desired consistency is reached. NOTE: the more oil you add, the thicker it will become (=emulsifying). We don’t use too much, about 2 Tbsp.
Toss the spinach, chives, pecans, onion and goat cheese (if you eat dairy) with the desired amount of Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing.
Goes great with our Blackened Salmon!