Salad: Spinach, Egg and Bacon Salad

posted by jenv71 08-20-102 9:32 AM

Spinach, Egg, and Bacon Salad

4 large eggs, hard-boiled
3/4 pound slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 small shallot, finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds baby or flat-leaf spinach, washed

Peel eggs, and chop them coarsely. Set aside. Cook bacon in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with a double thickness of paper towels. Reserve 1 teaspoon of bacon fat, and discard the rest.

Meanwhile, combine garlic, shallots, lemon juice, and sherry vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil, add parsley, and season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, toss together spinach, cooked bacon, reserved warm bacon fat, vinaigrette, and chopped eggs. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve immediately.

Serves 8

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