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Spinach Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs

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This is my version of Spinach Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Bacon. The bacon and egg are both mandatory for this classic salad, but I add a bit of red onion and a few mushrooms when I have them. Not everyone does, but that is the beauty of salad. It can be personalized to your own taste yet you can still enjoy the classic flavour combination.

Seasonal Strategy

I like to take a seasonal approach to cooking, just as a general guide. Of course we can buy spinach year round but gardeners know that spinach is an early spring vegetable. I’m a gardener so spring reminds me of spinach, and that reminds me all the spinach recipes I don’t make in the winter. This Spinach Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Bacon is one of them.

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Individual Spinach Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs
Individual Spinach Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs -photo credit Jim Little

 

Organize For Success – Spinach Salad

You might think there is no organizing required to make a salad and in many ways that’s true. But what makes you serve the same recipes over and over…until you’re sick of it?

Not organizing.

Here are two tips to stay organized and keep adding variety to your everyday salads.

  1. Keep salad dressing in the fridge – It lasts for weeks and even months so make it, label it and that is one step done. I like to have two or three homemade dressings in my fridge at any given time.
  2. Ready Ingredients – Think ahead and boil some eggs for lunch plus extra for this salad. If you cook bacon on the weekend, save a few pieces and hide them in the freezer. Then you can whip up a salad like this in no time.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs are natures’ fast food and I’ve always got them in my fridge. For years I would open a cookbook and look up the instructions for hard boiling eggs, just to be sure. Eventually I wrote them onto a recipe card and taped it to the inside of a cupboard door near the stove. I know to put the eggs in the same pot I use for rice so this is what I wrote on the card.

                    HARD BOILED EGGS

  •    -Cover with cold water
  •    -Add a few drops of vinegar
  •    -Bring to a boil then:
  •       1) Simmer x 12 minutes, NO LID.
  •             or
  •       2) Lid on. Heat off. Sit x 20 minutes.

 

The goal is perfectly cooked yolks with no gray around the edge. I like the NO LID method in winter or if I’m in a hurry. In warmer weather I like the LID ON method but they both work for me. 

Get The Tools

You don’t need a lot of tools for salad making but you need some basics. My list includes:

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have some salads that you only make at a certain time of the year.


More Salad Recipes

A Round Up of Summer Salads

A Round Up of Summer Salads
A Round Up of Summer Salads -photo credit Jim Little

Ingredients

10 oz spinach leaves
2 slices well cooked bacon, crumbled
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
2-3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
SALAD DRESSING
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp sugar
salt and pepper
6 Tbsp olive oil or (oil and bacon drippings combined)

Directions

1
SALAD DRESSING
2
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously.
3
SALAD
4
Combine spinach, bacon, onion and mushrooms in large salad bowl.
5
Toss salad with just enough dressing to coat spinach. Add egg slices and serve.

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