Blueberry and Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total: 40 min.
Chef Steven Jayson and Chef Mark Wachowiak
Heat up this yummy spinach salad with a savory bacon dressing.


  • 4 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs sherry wine
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 4 ounces (1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 quarts baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 oz bacon bits


  • In a skillet, over medium heat, sauté bacon until crisp, about 7 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add sugar; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Deglaze pan with sherry.
  • Add vinegar and 6 ounces water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Combine cornstarch and chicken broth; add to simmering liquid, stirring rapidly; continue cooking until dressing is thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Use immediately or chill and reheat as needed. (Yield: about 12 ounces)
  • At service, in a large bowl, toss spinach with 8 ounces of the hot dressing.
  • On each of four large plates, divide dressed spinach (about 5 cups per plate). Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cup cheese crumbles and 1 tablespoon bacon bits.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 321
  Calories from Fat 117 (36%)
(21%)Total Fat 14g
(33%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(10%)Cholesterol 30mg
(38%)Sodium 918mg
(33%)Potassium 1156mg
Total Carbohydrate 37g
(29%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 14g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(33%)Protein 16g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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