Spinach Salad with Apples, Bacon, and Honey Mustard Dressing

In honor of our first installment from the Bacon of the Month Club.

A salad perfectly paired with some real bacon. Beware: this is a Bacos-free zone.

For the dressing:

3 Tbl honey
2 Tbl prepared mustard (I used Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale & Honey Spice Mustard)
2 Tbl red vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
up to 1/4 cup oil

Whisk together first four ingredients - adjust the honey/mustard balance to taste. While whisking quickly, drizzle in the oil to the desired consistency. I like it kinda thick, with maybe just half of the oil.

For the salad:

10oz. baby spinach, rinsed & dried
1 Golden Delicious Apple, finely diced
4 oz. bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled
(optional) 1 avocado, sliced thinly

Toss spinach with dressing, then toss in apple & bacon & avocado.

Serves 6

Vegetarian variation: this works perfectly well without the bacon, too. You could leave it out, or replace it with something else salty like roasted walnuts.

Posted by patrick on October 17, 2004 | TrackBack

Greetings Patrick,

I find myself suddenly interested in scratch salad dressings. I'm also fond of the honey-mustard combination. I am even a fan of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But I don't have any idea what you mean when you say in your ingredients: "2 Tbl prepared mustard (I used Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Honey Spice)." Are you trying to tell me that Sierra Nevada makes *mustard* now?

Posted by: Mark on October 21, 2004 5:16 AM

Sierra Nevada does indeed make mustards that you should be able to find at your local fairly-well-stocked grocery... but I'm more interested in this artisan bacon. What kinds have you gotten so far, P?

Posted by: leekvs on October 25, 2004 1:16 PM

Mark: As she said! Sierra Nevada has branched out with a line of mustards, and they're pretty durned good if I do say so myself, and I do. I'll edit the recipe to specify as such.

Leek: Our first installment was a pound of bacon from a small family operation in Arizona. I'll see if I can dig up a link / backstory.

Posted by: patrick on October 25, 2004 3:24 PM


Thank you. I will look for Sierra Nevada mustards.

I, too, was interested in your artisan bacon and did a little Googling. I discovered that Lynne Rossetto Kasper did a segment on the Bacon-of-the-Month Club on her public radio show The Splendid Table back in 2000. It is not broadcast in my area, but I listen online. You can listen to the segment here:

I would be interested in hearing more about your experiences with Grateful Palate and their bacon.

Posted by: Mark on October 27, 2004 1:25 PM
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