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Author Notes: I love serving a flavorful salad as my side dish, and this salad always gets rave reviews. The hot dressing gently wilts the spinach to make this a simple showstopper. —noellemyers
- 9 ounces bag fresh spinach
- 5 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 3 tablespoons all fruit strawberry jam
- 3 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
- 1 Salt and pepper to taste
- Place spinach in a large heat safe bowl. Toss with red onion.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat until crisp. Crumble bacon. Reserve 1 ½ tsp drippings.
- In a small sauce pan, melt jam over medium heat. Stir in balsamic vinegar and bacon drippings. Bring to a boil Boil 1 minute. Stir in basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour hot dressing over spinach in bowl. Toss to wilt spinach and disperse the dressing. Toss strawberries and spinach mixture. Plate salad on to 6 small plates. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over top of each salad. Serve immediately.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Most Impressive Dinner Party Side