Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


  • 6 pieces thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon shallot
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, diced
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp and brown; use a slotted spoon to remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Whisk in shallot, honey, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to the rendered bacon fat. Pour the warm dressing over spinach greens, cheese, apple and chicken and toss. Serve with crusty, buttered bread and lots of crisp white wine.