Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
8 ounces orecchiette, or small pasta shells, preferably whole-wheat
2 slices bacon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped dandelion greens, or arugula, any tough stems removed
2 cups baby spinach
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
To prepare dressing: Combine goat cheese, vinegar and maple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Add ¼ cup oil and tomatoes and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tarragon.
To prepare salad: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Crumble when cool. Wipe out the pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil and onion and cook, stirring, over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
When the bacon and onion are cool, toss them in a large bowl with dandelion greens (or arugula), spinach, Parmesan and ½ cup dressing. Drizzle more dressing over each serving, if desired. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining ½ cup dressing for up to 3 days.)
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 1) for up to 3 days.