Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015

Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm bacon vinaigrette than baby spinach in this healthy spinach salad recipe. If you don't want the spinach to wilt, let the dressing cool before tossing it with the salad.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 10 cups fresh spinach, tough stems removed
  • 1 medium firm ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup slivered red onion
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1-1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ cup toasted walnut halves


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  1. Combine spinach, pear and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add enough oil to the pan drippings to make 2 tablespoons total. Add vinegar, syrup, salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Immediately pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with the bacon and walnuts.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 2 cups
  • Per serving: 194 calories; 13 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 164 mcg folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 7,049 IU vitamin A; 24 mg vitamin C; 101 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 261 mg sodium; 582 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (141% daily value), Folate (41% dv), Vitamin C (40% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, 1 vegetable, 2½ fat

Reviews 2

November 18, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Salad with bacon Tried this salad last night after coming back to the house from the farmers' market with local spinach and pears. My spinach didn't wilt and I would of liked it to wilt a little. Will make sure that I have the dressing hotter next time. I think that this would be good with goat cheese or mushrooms also. Pros: Easy, healthy Cons: dirty a frying pan
November 08, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
We were asked to bring a salad to a short notice dinner last night- I flipped through Eating Well and found this recipe. It was a big hit! I prepared everything in advance and heated up the dressing and assembled the salad when it was time to eat. Can't go wrong with bacon!
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