In this hearty spinach salad recipe, asparagus and potatoes star next to bold morel mushrooms, bacon and blue cheese. Mature spinach works best here--it'll hold up better than baby spinach when tossed with warm vegetables and a sharp, mustardy vinaigrette.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


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  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F.

  • If using fresh morels, cut in half and briefly swish in a bowl of warm water. Drain and repeat to remove any dirt. Gently but thoroughly pat dry. (If using dried morels, soak in 2 cups boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain, halve and pat dry.)

  • Toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Roast on a baking sheet on the upper rack, shaking the pan after 10 minutes, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss asparagus with 1 tablespoon oil and arrange in a single layer on another baking sheet. Roast on the lower rack until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Cut bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Cook in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp and browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  • Add the morels to the pan. Cook, stirring, until browned, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and tamari.

  • Whisk the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, vinegar, shallot, mustard, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Add spinach and the morels; toss gently to combine. Arrange the spinach mixture, potatoes and asparagus on a platter. Top with the bacon and blue cheese and drizzle with the reserved dressing.

Nutrition Facts

280.2 calories; protein 7.4g 15% DV; carbohydrates 19.9g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 4.1g 16% DV; sugars 1.9g; fat 19.9g 31% DV; saturated fat 5.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 14.1mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 4183.3IU 84% DV; vitamin c 19.3mg 32% DV; folate 111.6mcg 28% DV; calcium 113.5mg 11% DV; iron 6.9mg 38% DV; magnesium 62mg 22% DV; potassium 737.8mg 21% DV; sodium 353.6mg 14% DV.