Spinach Salad W/ Roasted Garlic And Bacon Dressing

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Vicki Butts (lazyme)
from Grapeview, WA

This recipe comes from Chef John Currence of the City Grocery Restaurant in Oxford, MS. The dressing for this salad has a wonderful flavor, but I found it too oily as written. I've left the recipe as he wrote it, but I now skip the 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and only add about 1/2 of the oil from the roasted garlic. The flavor is great tho.

serves 6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients

  •   1/4 c
    olive oil
  •   3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  •   12 large
    garlic cloves, peeled
  •   4 slice
    bacon, chopped
  •   1/4 c
    sherry vinegar
  •   2 Tbsp
    shallot, minced
  •   1 Tbsp
    djon mustard
  •   1 1/2 tsp
    honey
  •   1 1/2 tsp
    light molasses
  •   1 1/2 tsp
    fresh tarragon, or 3/4 tsp dried, chopped
  •   1 1/2 c
    baby spinach leaves (6 ounces)
  •   1
    red onion, thinly sliced
  •   1 c
    blue cheese, crumbled
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How To Make

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375.
  • 2
    Combine 1/4 cup oil and garlic in small baking dish.
  • 3
    Cover with foil; bake until garlic is very tender, about 35 minutes.
  • 4
    Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to work surface and finely chop.
  • 5
    Transfer garlic to medium bowl. Reserve roasted garlic oil.
  • 6
    Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes.
  • 7
    Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.
  • 8
    Pour drippings into medium bowl.
  • 9
    Add vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, molasses and tarragon and whisk to blend.
  • 10
    Add roasted garlic, garlic oil, bacon and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and whisk to blend well.
  • 11
    Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 12
    Place spinach, sliced onion and blue cheese in large bowl.
  • 13
    Toss with enough dressing to coat.
  • 14
    Serve.

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