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A beautiful salad topped with eggs, avocado, and roasted red peppers, topped with a hot bacon dressing.
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Wilted Spinach Salad

A delicious wilted spinach salad, loaded with toppings for a holiday worth presentation. The best part is the fried shallot and bacon dressing, which wilts the spinach when it's drizzled on hot.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 salads
Calories: 389kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 cups baby spinach
  • 6 hard boiled eggs cut in half
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers or 2 red bell peppers, roasted, skins removed, peeled and sliced
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 6 tablespoons pecans chopped

Hot Bacon Dressing

  • 1 package Jones Dairy Farm No Sugar Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon or 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener sub maple syrup or honey
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Assemble the salads on individual plates by layering spinach, a hard boiled egg, a few slices of roasted red pepper and avocado, and a tablespoon of chopped pecans.
  • Top with Hot Bacon Dressing when ready to serve.

Hot Bacon Dressing

  • Cook the bacon until browned and slightly crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving the bacon grease, and chop the bacon and set aside.
  • Add the shallots into the pan with the bacon grease, and sauté over medium heat until they just begin to brown.
  • Into the skillet, add the avocado oil, red wine vinegar, chopped bacon, sweetener, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low simmer and then remove from heat. Top the salads while the dressing is still hot to wilt the spinach.

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Notes

Be sure to add the dressing to the salads while it's still very hot. Scoop some of the bacon and shallots with a spoon, and then drizzle some of the hot dressing onto the salad to wilt the spinach.
I use Monk Fruit Sweetener to keep this dressing sugar free but give it a pop of sweetness. You can omit the sweetener to keep this Whole30, or use honey or maple syrup if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6067IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg