Springtime has finally arrived along with warmer weather.  Those two things make me think of cooking outdoors and fresh salads.  With those thoughts in mind, I combined several delicious ingredients that my family loves – grilled shrimp, bacon, and spinach.  I turned these three into a wonderful salad that makes a complete meal.  Just add a little crusty bread and you are done!

 

 

Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Warm Bacon Dressing

 

8 cups fresh, washed baby spinach, dried really well
1lb. of fresh, peeled and deveined shrimp, grilled
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
3 boiled eggs, sliced
4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
To Grill Shrimp

  • Place grill pan on grill and set burners to high.

  • Sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and toss to coat.

  • Place shrimp on grill pan.

  • Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes per side.  They will be firm and white when fully cooked-check often, being careful not to overcook.

 

Dressing
3 tablespoons of bacon drippings
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

  • In a small bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, honey and mustard.

  • Heat bacon drippings in pan on low.

  • When drippings are warm, slowly pour in the vinegar mixture.

  • Whisk all ingredients together until mixed well.

  • Place spinach on large platter.

  • Arrange shrimp,crumbled bacon and onion on top of greens.

  • Gently drizzle with warm dressing.

  • Add egg slices.

  • Toss gently to serve.  Will serve 4 people.