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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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.