December 30th, 2011

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Feta Cheese, and Avocado



My father-in-law recently moved to an assisted living home near our house, and he wanted to invite some of his new friends to our home. So on a Sunday evening a couple of weeks ago, we picked them up and brought them to our house for a little get-together. I served¬†chocolate mousse cake, and my son played some Christmas songs on the piano. There was one married couple in the group. They had both recently turned ninety years old and were just as sharp as they could be. Muriel was definitely the talker of the two, and Gordon barely spoke a word. She would start telling us a story and would talk and talk until she came to a word that she couldn’t remember. That’s when Gordon spoke up–but only to insert that one word into the conversation. Muriel would take over again and continued on and on until she came to another word she couldn’t remember. Gordon never missed a beat. Once again he jumped in with that one word that Muriel needed to finish her story. I thought they were so cute together, and they had me smiling all night. Here they are sitting on my sofa the night they visited us. Boy, I sure hope to be doing as well as they are when I’m ninety years old. What a fun evening!

The recipe I have for you today is one of my favorite salads, and whenever I serve it, I always get a lot of compliments on it. It’s one of those recipes where the ingredients were just meant to be together — kind of like Gordon and Muriel.

I always make the dressing first and put it in the refrigerator. Just mix up the red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic and brown sugar. Super simple. Then I cook the bacon, adding one more piece to the pan than the recipe calls for. Why? Because it always smells so good when it’s cooking, and I know somebody will eat it. It might even be me. If the spinach leaves are really big, you can tear them in half, but I like to leave them whole if I can because I think they look prettier that way. Place the spinach, the bacon, and the crumbled feta cheese in a bowl. At this point, I usually cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator unless I’m going to be serving it right away.

Then add the avocados and toss with the dressing just before serving. Delicious!
Posted under Salads

6 Responses to “Spinach Salad with Bacon, Feta Cheese, and Avocado”

  1. What a wonderful site, I will be returning as one of your devoted fans. The food looks delicious, and I’ll bet it tastes even better. The conversation reminded me of our home stories. I’m the guy with the one word insertions.

  2. I made this salad yesterday. Very easy and very good. The dressing was a perfect blend. 5 stars!

  3. The pictures of this salad make my mouth water! I can’t wait to make it! YUM!

  4. Made this tonight for my family! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. Laura, I made this salad for my book club and they loved it. I have fixed it several times since and people continue to praise it.

  6. I’m so glad everybody is enjoying this salad. I think the dressing is fabulous, and it goes perfectly with the other ingredients.

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