Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
Warm crispy bacon is the star of this simple spinach salad.
- Preparation Time25 mins
- Cooking Time25 mins
4 large eggs
8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
100g cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- Place the spinach in a large bowl and leave at room temperature. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Use a slotted spoon to gently lower the eggs into the water. Boil until both the whites and yolks are set (hard-boiled), about 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl filled with ice water and cool completely. Once cool, peel the eggs and cut each into quarters.
- Meanwhile, put the bacon in a large skillet and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Remove half of the bacon fat to a small bowl and reserve.
- Return the skillet and remaining bacon fat to medium heat. Add the mushrooms, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper to the same skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the reserved bacon fat, vinegar, mustard and honey and whisk until smooth and emulsified. Taste and season with more salt and pepper.
- Pour the hot bacon dressing over the spinach and toss until evenly coated and slightly wilted. Transfer to a platter and top with the eggs, red onion and reserved bacon.