After too much holiday eating and one birthday celebration after another in January, I'm atoning for my culinary sins by indulging in lighter meals like soups and salads. This spinach salad with honey mustard vinaigrette sits halfway between a traditional spinach salad and a Cobb, with big chunks of avocado, bacon and hard-boiled egg atop a bed of dark leafy greens. To go more Cobb, add some diced cooked chicken. Omit the bacon to make it vegetarian; omit the egg, substitute chunks of roasted zucchini or winter squash, and swap agave nectar for honey for a vegan variation. I serve this salad as a main dish for lunch or dinner, with crusty bread on the side.
Spinach salad with honey mustard vinaigrette
Serves 2; can be multiplied.
For the vinaigrette:
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
Juice of half a lemon (2 tsp)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Large pinch each of kosher salt and fresh black pepper
For the salad:
4 cups baby spinach leaves
1 large avocado, peeled and diced
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and roughly chopped
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 strips of bacon, cooked and drained (optional)
In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette. Shake vigorously to emulsify the dressing, and set aside.
Assemble the salad on two plates. In a small bowl, toss the spinach with a little bit of the dressing, and place on the plates. Toss the avocado in the same bowl with a bit of dressing, and arrange on top of the spinach, along with the eggs, bacon and cherry tomatoes.
Drizzle more of the dressing on top of everything, just as much as you need but not more. Serve at room temperature.
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Kale salad with mushrooms and mustard vinaigrette
Chickpea, quinoa and spinach salad with preserved lemon vinaigrette
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Watermelon, feta and arugula salad with orange vinaigrette
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Warm spinach salad with bacon and pomegranate, from Sass & Veracity
Asian spinach salad with chicken, mushrooms, peppers, and almonds, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Strawberry spinach salad with avocado and champagne vinaigrette, from Andrea Meyers
Spinach salad with feta and walnuts, from Eating Richly Even When You're Broke
Spinach salad pizza, from Bake Your Day
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