Growing up, my Mom made a spinach salad with bacon that was always a welcome addition to the table. I actually don’t have her recipe (shame on me!) but from what I can remember it was simply spinach lettuce, crisp bacon & thinly sliced red onion with a tangy vinaigrette. To change it up a bit I decided I wanted to add a twist with the addition of grilled sliced pears and a Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette. Mom – take a look and tell me what you think!
Grilled Pear & Bacon Spinach Salad
1 Bartlett pear
4 slices thick bacon
4 cups fresh baby spinach
shredded Parmesan cheese
Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette (recipe below)
In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Save 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings. Slice the pear into thin slices and place on a hot grill pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and set aside. Make the Vinaigrette (recipe below)…
1 tablespoon reserved bacon drippings
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
In a small jar combine the reserved bacon drippings with the remaining ingredients. Put a lid on the jar and shake vigorously. Place the baby spinach on a large platter. Layer with the grilled pear slices, crumbled bacon & sprinkling of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with the Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette and serve immediately.