Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

The other day I needed to use up some leftover baby spinach, and we hadn't had salad in a while, so I looked for an easy vinaigrette I could make to go with it.  I found this recipe for a whole salad and it Iwas delicious!!  I didn't mix the dressing with the salad, but let everyone add it at the table.  It would be good either way, though.  The apples, onions and bacon were wonderful flavors with the vinaigrette in this.
Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
adapted from My Recipes

1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons minced shallots or red onion
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard or spicy brown
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped Braeburn apple
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.  Add  remaining ingredients; toss well to coat.  (Or can prepare vinaigrette in separate small bowl; salad in a bigger one; pass vinaigrette at the table for individual salads.)
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