Ree Drummond makes a easy salad recipe this is loaded with delicious flavors and topped with a warm bacon dressing. The Pioneer Woman star changes things up from a traditional spinach salad by caramelizing the veggies instead of adding them raw to the dish.
Ree Drummond calls her spinach salad recipe ‘so damn good’
Drummond wrote about her salad in a 2009 post The Pioneer Woman Website. “This salad is so damn good,” she gushed in the recipe. “Cold spinach tossed with warm onions, mushrooms and bacon, tossed with hot bacon dressing and topped with cold sliced eggs. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”
She noted, “This spinach salad differs from the typical spinach salad in two ways: the red onions, which are usually thinly sliced and added raw to the salad, are cooked until brown and tossed with the spinach. And the mushrooms, which are also usually sliced and added raw to the salad, are… cooked until brown and tossed with the spinach.”
The Food Network host added: “Crumbled bacon is next, followed by a drizzle of hot bacon dressing. Finally, the salad is topped with it sliced hard boiled eggs.”
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star has fond memories of the healthy salad
Drummond showed how to make her simple dish on an episode of The Pioneer Woman when her mother and sister were visiting. “The lunch we’re having today is a kind of trip down memory lane,” she explained. “My mom used to take Betsy and I into town to shop and get our haircuts, stuff like that. And we ate at this restaurant that had the best spinach salads and cheese toasts you will ever eat.”
She fried the bacon in a skillet, then placed it on a plate lined with kitchen paper. She drained most of the fat from the pan and saved it for later.
“In addition to the bacon bits on the salad, I also like to add sliced hard-boiled eggs,” she explains. Drummond boiled eggs in a saucepan and then dunked them in a bowl of ice water.
“A lot of spinach salads are served with raw, sliced onions, but I’m going to cook my onions along with a few other things,” she explained. “And it gives the standard spinach salad a nice little twist.”
Drummond was cooking thinly sliced red onions in the pan. Then she turned up the heat, added some bacon fat, and cooked sliced mushrooms until they were a “nice color.”
She cut the cooked and cooled bacon into bite-sized pieces.
Drummond makes a delicious warm dressing and assembles the salad
Next, Drummond made the warm bacon dressing by combining bacon fat, red wine vinegar, sugar, and Dijon mustard in a skillet.
She assembled the salad by placing spinach in a bowl, topping mushrooms, onions, bacon bits and sliced hard-boiled eggs, then pouring the warm dressing over the salad.
The Pioneer Woman star served the salad with it Olive Cheese Breadwhich she called “a nice twist on the old classic.”
Drumond chopped allspice-stuffed green olives and black olives, then combined them in a bowl with thinly sliced scallions, softened butter, mayonnaise, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese. She sliced a loaf of French bread lengthwise and spread the mixture over both halves. Drummond baked the bread on a sheet pan in a 325-degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
For the full recipe see the food network Website.
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