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Spinach Salad With a Twist

Meals can get boring if you don’t change things up a bit.  I’ve found it’s all about The Sides!  If you make your famous meatloaf or pork loin and just add a couple of different sides to along with it, it turns it into a brand new meal!

I love salads of all kinds, and a Spinach Salad is right up there with my favorites!  I love this old standard, but I recently tried a Spinach Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette from Cooking Light that another scrumptious reason to eat salad every day!  The vinaigrette is so good I used my spoon to eat what was left on my salad plate!  The salad has apples and bacon which the dressing enhances. You can leave out any item you don’t like, but just be sure to make the dressing!!

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
Image from Cooking light

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

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

How to Make It

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mushrooms and remaining ingredients; toss well to coat.
Now think about what main dish you could make to go along with this.  I served Scalloped Potatoes and Ham and it was the perfect accompaniment!
With love from my country kitchen,

2 thoughts on “Spinach Salad With a Twist

  1. Yummy! I want to come to your house and eat. I just came from Wendy’s blog. Apparently she likes salads just like her mama. LOL!

    If you have time check out my comment to her. I shared a sweet memory of my young son and salads. 🙂 Have a blessed week. xoxoxoxo’s


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