The combination of mushrooms, bacon, avocado, and salty hard-boiled egg is perfect when combined with a vinegar Dijon dressing made right in the skillet! This warm spinach salad is a delicious, easy, and hearty meal sure to fill you up and satisfy your taste buds.
It’s hard to decide what to make for dinner sometimes. Your taste buds are conflicted — you want something crunchy, salty, and savory, yet you also want a big bowl of vegetables. This warm spinach salad is the perfect solution! The dressing is made right in the pan with the bacon grease, plenty of vinegar and Dijon, and poured over spinach which wilts just slightly, but still has a great crunch to it.
What you’ll need to make warm spinach salad
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- Chef Knife
- Cast iron dutch oven (great for frying bacon)
- Salad spinner
- Medium saucepan (for cooking the eggs)
How to make warm spinach salad
Boil your eggs
Add the eggs to a medium saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. You’ll want to have a bowl of ice water ready to place the eggs in immediately so they cool down and stop cooking!
Fry your bacon
I like to chop the bacon into small pieces before adding it to the pot. They cook faster and get more crispy this way! I use my Lodge cast iron (link above) for frying bacon. The cast iron coating helps the bacon get really crispy, and leaves a nice crust on the bottom of the pot for whisking into the dressing later.
Make your dressing
The reason I recommend the cast iron dutch oven, is because it leaves a nice crust of bacon browned bits in the bottom, perfect for whisking into the dressing. You’ll add the vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, and Dijon directly to the pot and whisk until smooth and thick. The dressing will be warm, which will slightly wilt the spinach when you toss everything together. Yum!
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!