Thursday, July 29, 2010

Spinach Cobb Salad


I received my August issue of Sunset Magazine yesterday.  Don't ask me why I get a magazine about living in the western part of the United States when you live in the Midwest it's called wishful thinking, but I also subscribe for the great recipes! 


I was inspired by a salad recipe in this issue that had fresh spinach, bacon and hard-boiled eggs but I had to switch things up just a touch.  I have a favorite spinach salad dressing the I've been using for years and it is always such a hit with my husband and family.  With a sweet and sour blend, it's the perfect compliment to spinach.


I also love Gorgonzola cheese and sliced, toasted almonds on my spinach salads - so those had to be added to the list of ingredients.


My husband loves this salad but, then I don't know many guys who don't love bacon and eggs :) The fact that he's eating fresh spinach is an added bonus!

The recipe:

Bacon, Egg and Spinach Salad
Inspired by Sunset Magazine, August, 2010

Printable Recipe

Serves 2 as a main course salad, 4 as a side salad

Salad Ingredients:

4 large eggs, boiled, peeled, chilled and quartered
6 slices thick bacon (preferably sulfite-free) cooked, drained and torn into large pieces
12 oz baby spinach
8 oz sliced button mushrooms
1 large organic carrot, cut into thin ribbons with a potato peeler
1/2 cup crumbed gorgonzola cheese
1 large avocado, diced
2 oz sliced almonds, toasted

My spinach salad dressing ingredients:

1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 green onions with some of the green part, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil such as Canola

In food processor or blender combine all ingredients. Process until smooth.

Place salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, add some of the dressing and toss.  Add additional dressing as needed. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

29 comments:

  1. This sounds great-but how could anything with bacon not sound great?!?!?! Enjoy:@)

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  2. Sunset does have great recipes! This salad looks like a winner- I think Allie and I might make this for the weekend!
    xoxo Pattie

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  3. What a great looking salad!! I still don't like gorgonzola cheese, I keep saying when I "grow up" I will like it -- he he.

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  4. I would have to add the add the blue cheese and almonds too. Great light summer dinner.

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  5. This looks fabulous! I love the twist with addition of gorgonzola.

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  6. What a great looking salad and I like the list of ingredients :)

    Great photos.

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  7. I love Sunset Magazine, it does have great recipes.
    The salad sounds yummy.

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  8. This looks like a good protein packed salad. I think anything with bacon would be scrumptious.

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  9. That recipe went straight into my files. I've been making my mom's hot cider vinegar dressing for spinach salads forever.. this is a great new dressing... I always forget what a great salad it is and I do love spinach!!

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  10. I definitely understand why you subscribe to Sunset after seeing this recipe! So tasty!

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  11. Hi Susan
    I've always enjoyed Sunset Magazine's recipes! This looks like the type of salad I'd enjoy!
    Thanks for providing the proper spelling of gamberi ..I totally blanked out when writing that post :)

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  12. That dressing sounds delicious- and so does the salad. Bacon, avocados, gorgonzola... these are some of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is the salad for me, I love it!!!

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  14. My husband would love this. He is a great fan of any blue cheese. Your dressing looks so good. I will put it in my recipe pile.

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  15. Mine will have salad for dinner, too, and yours would be a very big hit. Looks delicious. Have tot ry the dressing!

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  16. You've taken spinach salad to a whole new level, Susan. This is my idea of a perfect meal.

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  17. That's my kind of salad!!! Looks wonderful:)

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  18. Delicious! For a long time, I continued with Sunset after moving to the midwest. I think I need to subscribe again!!

    I'm celebrating my one year blog anniversary with a small gift. Stop by and put your name in the "pot".

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  19. We often have a hearty salad for dinner in the summer. I have to remove the yolks though, just the whites for me! Sometimes some grilled chicken or shrimp, whatever is in the freezer!
    I still can't believe you like gorgonzola but not goat cheese! Funny! I like both, love gorgonzola on steak!

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  20. Great salad, it looks delicious! Kind of funny as I live in the Midwest and subscribe to Sunset also.

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  21. Love a good salad - but without the avocados (just not one of my favorites). Thanks for sharing the recipe

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  22. Ciao Susan!! che bel piatto colorato e invitante!!sempre bravissima!!baci!

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  23. Great looking salad. Everything is better with bacon. I add the sliced almonds to a lot of foods. Thanks for sharing your salad with us.

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  24. Bacon, always a win-win! That heritage cake looks fantastic!

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  25. This is a great salad recipe. Of course, bacon just has a way of adding a flavor that no other food can compete.

    This is a great summer salad to serve up for lunch or a weeknight when life is hectic.

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  26. This is one of those salads that will always satisfy you! Plus, I love any salad involving bacon and eggs :)

    Sues

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  27. I used to love to read Sunset magazine while living in California, but even kept some issues after I moved! This salad is a meal in itself, fresh and hearty.

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