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Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

 Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
This warm and hearty spinach and bacon salad created by our Test Kitchen offers cold-weather comfort at any meal. The glossy dressing features a hint of celery seed for a special touch.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water


  • Place spinach in a large salad bowl; set aside. In a small nonstick
  • skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted
  • spoon, remove to paper towels to drain.
  • In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Stir in the brown sugar,
  • vinegar, salt, mustard, celery seed and pepper. Combine cornstarch
  • and water until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and
  • stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; pour over spinach and toss to coat. Sprinkle
  • with bacon. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 97 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 215 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.