Spinach Salad
       Very easy Inexpensive

Preparation time:

20 min

Cooking time:


- 12 slices of bacon
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 pound spinach, cut or torn into bit-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced, slices cut in half
- 12 ripe, very small pitted olives

We do use real bacon in this recipe, but very little bacon fat.

1. Fry the bacon over medium-high heat in saute pan until crispy, pouring off the fat often. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat.
2. Pat the cooked bacon dry with paper towels and remove all the fat by hand. Break or chop the remaining lean bacon meat, all visible fat removed, into 1-inch long pieces (if the bacon is already cooked, scissor off the visible fat).
3. In a small bowl, add the vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, and reserved 2 teaspoons bacon grease and mix well.
4. Place the spinach in a salad bowl, add the bacon and onion slices, pour on the dressing, and toss. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with olives.

For variety add 8 oz can drained mandarin oranges, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, a handful of sunflower seedsor slivered hard cooked egg and croutons.