Monday, May 31, 2010

Spring Spinach Salad with Blueberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Wow....I hadn't realized it had been so long since I posted last. It had been pretty crazy around here. I am sure it has been for all of you as well, with school getting out, lawns needing to be mowed, gardens to be planted, spring cleaning-and that's just the stuff we do on the side. Anyway, today I am going to to make it short and sweet, and wish you all a beautiful Memorial Day. Take the time to enjoy the beautiful world and be grateful for all you have. I leave you with a delicious Spring spinach Salad with Blueberry Poppy seed Dressing. I hope you enjoy! SPRING SPINACH SALAD

6 cups baby spinach
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
*raspberries (optional) I just had some lovely berries handy
1 pear, peeled and chunked (or you can use bottled pears)
6 slices of bacon , crumbled
1 small red onion, roasted, sliced thinly*
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

* When I cook the bacon, I lay it out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then, sprinkle the thinly sliced onions over it. I bake it at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or so, until the bacon is crisp. Finally I remove the onions off the bacon and set them aside, and I transfer the bacon to paper towels to absorb the bacon grease. Do reserve the bacon fat (there shouldn't be more than a few tablespoons) for the dressing. The onions get that smokey flavor and are so pungent in the salad.

It's a salad, so it's pretty self explanatory- just toss the ingredients with the dressing and chow. Salads are so rewarding!

Blueberry Poppy seed Dressing

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon
1/4 cup red onion
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
bacon fat
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

In a blender, combine the first 6 ingredients and puree. While blender is running, and in a slow and steady stream (emulsification) add the oil and bacon fat, until gone and dressing has thickened. Then pulse int he poppy seeds.


Catherine said...

This looks wonderful Sara. You have a wonderful blog here.

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Have a great day!

bonnie said...

great salad, love the dressing...any salad with berries is a winner for me..