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Spinach-Gorganzola Salad

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"A delicious family recipe that serves up well with BBQ'd dishes. A spinach salad with a hot bacon dressing goes will with crumbled gorgonzola cheese and pine nuts. Well worth the effort to make."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 695 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper to make the dressing. Set aside.
  2. Place the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir for a few minutes, just until they are fragrant and lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned and crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain. Reserve a thin layer of bacon grease in the pan. Stir in about 1/4 cup of the dressing, and turn the heat to medium. Add the onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, and crumble the bacon into the pan. Stir in the remaining dressing, and heat through.
  5. Place the spinach in a large bowl. Pour the warmed dressing with bacon and onion over the spinach, then sprinkle with pine nuts and gorgonzola cheese.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 695 calories; 61 g fat; 15.1 g carbohydrates; 23.4 g protein; 52 mg cholesterol; 1299 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Yummy. A bit more labor intensive than I imagined so I did some shortcuts -- used pre-cooked bacon pieces and heated up with a little bit of oil. Used a much smaller amount also and we more than...

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I can't even rate how this tastes, because we ended up eating a salad of plain spincach with toasted pine nuts, blue cheese, and Ranch dressing. The dressing was going fine until I added the re...

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I can't even rate how this tastes, because we ended up eating a salad of plain spincach with toasted pine nuts, blue cheese, and Ranch dressing. The dressing was going fine until I added the re...

Yummy. A bit more labor intensive than I imagined so I did some shortcuts -- used pre-cooked bacon pieces and heated up with a little bit of oil. Used a much smaller amount also and we more than...

This sounded so yummy, BUT my husband and 2 guests didn't love it. Made according to directions except cut back to 1/2 lb. bacon (still too much). Overload on calories and time-consuming, I do...

Very good. I think I forgot the pine nuts but I added sauteed mushrooms. Will make again.

Yummy!! My guest ate 3 servings!!

This is a simple yet flavorful salad. The next time I will use white balsamic vinegar for the sake of appearance. I wasn't fond of the darkness of the dressing.

2/16/2016

I used asiago cheese instead of Gorgonzola cheese and I added crumbled egg to the top. Very filling

So decadent and easy to make. We used spicy candied pecans instead of pine nuts for an added kick.

Preparation for the salad was a bit too involved for the end result. It was a nice change from regular ho-hum salad but not as dazzling as I expected.