Italian Spinach Salad

Awesome!  The best salad ever.

Awesome! The best salad ever.

NOTE:  This is one salad recipe you will use over and over.  It is so full of flavor, and all topped off with a sweet sour sauce, that really brings it all together.  Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1(8-ounce) package fresh washed spinach, stems removed
  • ½ cup green onions, tops included, chopped small
  • 1(8-ounce) package button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound thick-sliced peppered bacon
  • Sweet Sour Sauce
  • Bacon drippings, ½ cup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, more if needed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container feta cheese
Cuisine: Italian
Yield: 6 Salads
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Instructions:

  1. Place the spinach into a large bowl; remove any long stems   Add the mushroom and the green onions and give the salad a toss.
  2.  Place the walnuts and sugar in a medium skillet, and over medium heat, stir the walnuts and sugar occasionally until toasted and candied, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Set aside.
  3.  Cut the bacon strips in half for easier frying.  Fry the bacon until crisp; remove bacon and set aside.  Reserve the drippings, at least 1/2 cup.
  4.  Make the sweet sour sauce by heating the bacon drippings to a gentle boil.  Add the vinegar, sugar, and salt, and stir until well combined.  Remove from heat and pour the drippings over the spinach.  Give the salad a toss to coat well.
  5. Divide the spinach among 6 bowls.   Place the crisp bacon over top of each salad.  Top each salad with a sliced hard-boiled egg.   Next, divide the candied walnuts over the salads.  Lastly, divide the feta cheese, as much as desired, over the salads.   Makes 6 salads.