This satisfying strawberry spinach salad recipe is topped with crumbled bacon and tossed with a rich, smoky bacon fat vinaigrette.
Author: Brooklyn Supper
2tablespoonsfinely minced shallot(about 1 large)
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1bunch spinach,stems trimmed, rinsed well, and rough chopped
1pintstrawberries,hulled and quartered
black pepper,to taste
Set a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon until crisp. Set on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon grease.
Pour 2 tablespoons warm bacon grease into a small bowl with minced shallot. Use a fork to whisk in the balsamic, Dijon, honey and a pinch of sea salt. Gradually whisk in olive oil. It’s just fine if dressing doesn’t emulsify completely.
Place spinach in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with several tablespoons dressing and toss to coat. Scatter strawberries and bacon, add another drizzle of vinaigrette, and finish with a pinch of sea salt and several twists freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.