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Friday, January 6, 2012

Thursday Recipe - Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

It's New Years, everybody resolved to lose weight, right? So eat more salad. This recipe, while healthy with fresh spinach and cranberries, isn't going to help you lose weight. It uses bacon and bacon grease. But it's so good. If you're feeling really guilty about eating it, make it the main course for your meal.

I posted a Spinach Salad before. This one is a bit different. It has a hot bacon dressing you pour on right before serving.

Good luck with your weight loss. I made that goal, too, since I've put on weight recently due to changing medications, stress, and just eating too many cookies again. It's time to revisit my eating plan and find time to walk the dog more often. Anyone have some spare energy lying around? I'm going to need it.

Spinach Salad

1 lb baby spinach
1 can mandarin oranges, drained (reserve juice)
1/2 c. craisins (sweetened dried cranberries)
1/3 c. pecans from a salted nut mix

Toss together. Pour hot dressing over the top. Serve immediately. 6 - 10 servings

Bacon Dressing

4 strips of bacon, cut up small
1/2 c. vinegar
1/3 c. mandarin orange juice (reserved from salad)
1 T. corn starch
1/2 t. salt
pepper to taste

Fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan, reserving drippings, add bacon to salad. Stir vinegar, juice, and cornstach together. Add to bacon fat. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salad and toss.