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!

shrimp & spinach salad

Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Warm Bacon Dressing

Combine outdoor cooking with fresh flavors and you get this tasty salad.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Donya | asouthernsoul.com

Ingredients

Salad

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

Dressing

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

Instructions

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

  • 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.

Salad

  • 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. 

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