04/13/2013

Spinach & Shrimp Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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.

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