This Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon and Tomato Vinaigrette takes the traditional spinach salad with hot bacon dressing to a new level by cooking grape tomatoes in the bacon fat just to the point of bursting to give the dressing body and a depth of flavor that is amazing!
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Is Salad Keto?
That is a good question and the answer of course would be based on what ingredients you put into the salad right?
So let’s break down what to add to a keto or low carb salad.
Well, we have to start at the beginning right? So grab a green, any old green, they are all OK so feel free to pile them up.
Now we can move on to the supporting cast, aka veggies, and there are a ton of great low carb choices out there. The most popular would be things like tomatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and avocado.
Here is where you can add a protein if you would like.
And you want to top it off with a crunch. Nuts and things like Parmesan crisps are a great choice.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE SPINACH SALAD WITH HOT BACON AND TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Baby spinach
- Grape tomatoes
- Parmesan cheese
- Red wine vinegar
- Parmesan crisps
- Black pepper
HOW TO MAKE SPINACH SALAD WITH HOT BACON AND TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
Put the spinach in a wide, shallow serving bowl.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until it begins to crisp and renders its fat.
Remove the bacon from the skillet with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel-lined plate.
Add the grape tomatoes to the bacon fat stirring to make sure they are well coated.
Cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes begin to burst, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute or two, until the garlic begins to become fragrant and turns golden. Press any tomatoes that haven’t burst carefully with the bacon of the spoon.
Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan and vinegar.
Pour the hot tomato mixture over the spinach, tossing gently, until the spinach is wilted.
Top with the crumbled Parmesan crisps, season with fresh cracked black pepper, and serve immediately.
FAQS ABOUT SPINACH SALAD WITH HOT BACON AND TOMATO VINAIGRETTE
Can I make this Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon and Tomato Vinaigrette with regular tomatoes?
I have not done so, but I would think that it would be fine. If you do try it I would suggest a pound of plum tomatoes that have been seeded and rough chopped.
Do I have to use the Parmesan crisps in this salad?
No, it is not a necessity, but I will say they add that bit of crunch that a lot of people enjoy from something like bread or croutons.
How do I save the leftover Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon and Tomato Vinaigrette?
This is not a salad that saves well. I am not picky and will eat a bit of soggy salad, I have even tossed in some leftover cooked chicken the next day. But if you have texture issues I would not suggest leftovers.
Last thoughts about Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon and Tomato Vinaigrette
This is one of those salads that I like to pull out for company, or on a night that we are feeling a bit “fancy” and are grilling steaks and/or some kind of seafood.
You know those nights that a regular salad just sounds boring.
So I will make this salad at least once a month.
I have been known to add things like some chopped red onion, sliced mushrooms, chopped bell peppers, or some crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola to change it up a bit.
All of those adaptations have been met with thumbs up and yums, so this is really just a jumping-off point for you to add your own imagination.
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