Friday, May 20, 2016

Favorite Fridays Revisted: Missy's Wilted Spinach Salad

Sharing a favorite post from 2012...

Missy Tippens, here. And I have a new favorite salad to share. Let me say, first, that it takes a little longer to prepare than Ruthy's cabbage salad (which I've eaten twice this week already!). But I love my new favorite. And it's still pretty quick...

Missy's Wilted Spinach Salad

Ahead of time, boil some eggs to keep on hand for when you want this salad. Store in fridge.

Ingredients for 2 large meal size servings:
Baby spinach leaves (I buy pre-washed to make life easy)
Mushrooms (about half a container)
1 shallot
4 slices bacon
2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar
2 Boiled eggs
(Wheat thins are optional to snack on while cooking and got included in the photo by accident!! LOL)

Fry bacon on medium heat.

While bacon is cooking, chop the mushrooms and shallot.

Remove cooked bacon to absorbent paper towels and and SAVE THE DRIPPINGS (a nice way to say grease). (For Kav and other vegetarians, just skip the bacon and heat some olive oil in the pan.)

Add scallion to the skillet and cook until translucent. Add a pinch of Kosher salt (optional, but something I feel the need to add to any vegetables I'm cooking!)

Add the vinegars, whisking constantly.

Lower temp a little and add the sugar, whisking constantly. (Be careful of how hot it is. The second time I made this, the sugar hardened and I made a very strange candy!) :) Cook a couple of minutes until reduced.

Meanwhile put however much spinach you want into a serving bowl and add the mushrooms.

Pour hot dressing over the spinach and toss immediately to slightly wilt the greens.

Top with crumbled bacon and chopped eggs. Toss.

Serve and enjoy!


  1. Oh, this looks delicious! Of course, anything you ladies present looks delicious.... but this really does. I'm not even a bacon fan.
    I think I'll serve this tomorrow with a baked chicken and some sliced tomatoes. Mmmmm.....

    1. Mary Jane, you could always put the bacon on the side. :)

    2. Oh, I eat it! I just don't dream about it. :) Bacon is certainly delicious and adds to any dish... A friend even sent me maple bacon doughnuts from Portland. They were odd. But I ate some! LOL.
      It takes a lot for me not too try something. :) Like, if it's still breathing...

    3. LOL! Well, good. I think you'll enjoy it with the bacon on it. :)

  2. This would make my husband's German roots on his mother's side so happy!

    I will skip the egg, I'm not a hard boiled egg person. But everything else sounds perfect, and maybe some fresh-sliced strawberries on top for contrast.

    Missy, thank you for this!!!

    1. It would still be good without the egg, Ruthy. Or, like I told Virginia, you could put the egg on the side. :)

    2. HAHA! Ruthy and I would be awesome dining companions. She can gave my bacon. I'll take her boiled eggs. Mmmm.

    3. Wait, we need someone who doesn't like spinach!

  3. We used to eat wilted lettuce like this when I was growing up! A great way to use up a bunch of greens all coming ready in the garden at the same time. :)

    And I'll keep the bacon. And the egg.

    1. There's just something yummy about fresh greens wilted with hot bacon grease, isn't there? :)

  4. I love wilted salads, Missy, but I haven't had one in ages. I did have a similar one today that I plan to blog about because it was so good!

    1. I can't wait for you to share your recipe, Mary Cate!

  5. I must admit. This is a favorite. Thanks for the reminder. Eggs are already boiled!

    1. I need to make this again. Must boil some eggs!