A classic steakhouse-style spinach salad with the absolute best warm bacon-mustard dressing I've ever had! Looks and tastes like a lot of work, but can be prepared in no time! This salad can easily be converted to a main dish salad by adding strips of grilled chicken breast.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place spinach into a large serving bowl, top with hard-cooked eggs, mushrooms, 4 crumbled strips of bacon, Swiss cheese, and almonds.

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  • Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in shallots and garlic, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and 2 crumbled strips of bacon; season to taste with salt and pepper, then cook until hot.

  • Pour hot dressing over spinach and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

663 calories; protein 36.1g 72% DV; carbohydrates 40.1g 13% DV; fat 40.6g 63% DV; cholesterol 292.6mg 98% DV; sodium 1123.4mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2007
I used some personalized touches...fried the bacon, onion and garlic together, saving the bacon drippings ( in place of the olive oil) and flavorings..added the other ingredients of the dressing to the fry pan, heated thru and poured over the spinach, eggs, and mushrooms.. yummy..but eat it all the same sitting...as it does not keep well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2008
I followed this recipe exactly and my husband's comment was "It tastes like you just poured mustard on it." The dressing was too thick way too strong and didn't cover all the salad. I didn't throw it out but didn't enjoy it either. Read More
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322 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 250
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2007
I used some personalized touches...fried the bacon, onion and garlic together, saving the bacon drippings ( in place of the olive oil) and flavorings..added the other ingredients of the dressing to the fry pan, heated thru and poured over the spinach, eggs, and mushrooms.. yummy..but eat it all the same sitting...as it does not keep well. Read More
(106)
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2007
This was yummy. My family just loved it! We added a few extra's to the salad, like mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. We also added some grilled chicken. The dressing was out of this world and worked well! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2008
I'm going to keep playing around with the dressing in this recipe. For my family the vinegar was too strong. I think I'll slightly increase the amount of honey and slightly decrease the amount of vinegar and mustard. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2008
This is hands-down the best salad that I have ever had. My fiance was wary of a warm spinach salad, but after we sat down and started eating, he changed his tune VERY fast. I did not have any shallots or fresh garlic (someone keeps throwing my garlic out! The horror!) but used a fourth of a medium-sized onion and it was great. The best part of it is that there aren't really any flavors that dominate...it's crunchy from the almonds, a little salty from the bacon, a touch sweet from the cheese and the honey. We will be making this one again soon! Thanks for a great recipe, brightlightz! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2008
BEST SPINACH SALAD I HAVE EVER TASTED! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2007
This salad is perfect. The flavors blend beautifully. The swiss cheese and almonds are a wonderful addition. There is a lot going on in this salad and every taste is there making your mouth very happy! I didn't have enough honey so I used corn syrup and honey when making the dressing. It worked perfectly and tasted fabulous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2008
The dressing on this salad is so good. I poured some extra on some cooked potatoes the next day for an instant potato salad. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
The most unbelievable salad!!! I'm hooked!!!! My kids even love it!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/16/2008
I followed this recipe exactly and my husband's comment was "It tastes like you just poured mustard on it." The dressing was too thick way too strong and didn't cover all the salad. I didn't throw it out but didn't enjoy it either. Read More
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