Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

    • 10 cups fresh spinach, tough stems removed
    • 1 medium firm ripe pear, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup slivered red onion
    • 2 slices bacon, chopped
    • 1-1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/2 cup toasted walnut halves

Directions

  • 1 Combine spinach, pear and onion in a large bowl.
  • 2 Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add enough oil to the pan drippings to make 2 tablespoons total. Add vinegar, syrup, salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Immediately pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with the bacon and walnuts.
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