Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

Recent studies continue to underscore the amazing versatility of spinach. This leafy green is an excellent vegetable to work into your meal routine due to its high nutrient profile, making it a nutrient dense food. Nutrient-dense foods are rich in nutrients relative to their calorie content (lots of nutrients, low calorie). Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline. Spinach even contains some omega-3 fatty acids, although not a high fat food. In addition to the nutrient richness of spinach in terms of these conventional nutrients, spinach also contains flavonoids that may help protect your body from free radicals, while offering anti-inflammatory benefits and antioxidant support.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs

  • 6 ounces baby spinach (about 4 cups)

  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 8 slices bacon, chopped

  • 4 large white mushrooms diced

  • ½ medium red onion, sliced thinly

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

Directions:

  1. Boil eggs.

  2. Place spinach in a large bowl.

  3. In another bowl, stir together vinegar, salt and pepper.

  4. Fry bacon in a skillet, medium heat. Transfer bacon to a plate that is lined with paper towel.

  5. Remove bacon fat except for about 2 tbsp.

  6. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic to pan, and saute with medium heat.

  7. Add vinegar mixture, remove from heat when all combined and pour warm dressing over spinach as well as the crumbled bacon.

  8. Add eggs and serve:)!


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