Feb 8
2013

Warm Bourbon Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon & Avocado

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Bourbon Spinach Salad with Bacon & Avocado by Cookin' Canuck #salad #MardiGras #healthy
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a spinach salad tossed with a bourbon dressing, and topped with avocado and bacon.

If you can’t be at Mardi Gras in person, you might as well douse your salad in bourbon. Now, I know this isn’t traditional Mardi Gras-esque food. It’s not gumbo, jambalaya or etouffée, and there’s not even a collard green in sight. But hey, it has bourbon. That should count for something, right? So, pull on those colored beads, whip yourself up a Hurricane, or some other potent cocktail, and get ready to celebrate.

To make things even better, the dressing is warmed, which will soften the spinach slightly and add a layer of “fancy” to this simple salad. Creamy avocado, salty bacon and slightly smoky roasted peppers add layers of flavor and texture that will make you say, “That’s the best salad I’ve eaten in awhile.” Well, that’s what I said, anyways.

The fat content is a little higher some of my other salad recipes, but only a very small portion is saturated fat. Besides the bacon, this salad provides heart-healthy fat from the avocado and olive oil.

The recipe:

The dressing:

In a small saucepan, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, bourbon, molasses, agave nectar (or honey), salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

Bourbon Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon & Avocado from Cookin' Canuck #salad #MardiGras #healthy

Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until warm.

The salad:

Bourbon Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon & Avocado from Cookin' Canuck #salad #MardiGras #healthy

In a large serving bowl, combine the spinach leaves, crumbled bacon, roasted peppers and avocado. Pour in the dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Bourbon Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon & Avocado from Cookin' Canuck #salad #MardiGras #healthy

Other dark leafy salads:

Salad Recipes by Cookin' Canuck
Cookin’ Canuck’s Chopped Kale Salad with Pomegranate & Avocado
Cookin’ Canuck’s Strawberry & Goat Cheese Green Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Bourbon Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon & Avocado
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
The dressing:
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • ½ tsp agave nectar or honey
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
The salad:
  • 6 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves, stems removed
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 roasted red pepper (2 halves), cut into thin strips
  • 1 avocado, chopped
Instructions
The dressing:
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, bourbon, molasses, agave nectar (or honey), salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
  2. Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until warm.
The salad:
  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the spinach leaves, crumbled bacon, roasted peppers and avocado. Pour in the dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.
Notes
Calories 198.8 / Total Fat 16.0g / Saturated Fat 2.7g / Cholesterol 7.5mg / Sodium 186.2 / Total Carbohydrates 9.4g / Fiber 4.5g / Sugar 1.4g / Protein 5.1g / WW (Old Points) 5 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: About 1¾ cups salad with approximately 1½ tb Calories: 199 cal (complete nutritional info listed below) Fat: Total 16.0g / Saturated Fat 2.7g

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1 Sprigs of Rosemary February 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

You had me at bourbon . . . or maybe it was the avocado, or the bacon, even the spinach. I love ‘em all. And your photos and step-by-step are, once again, simply gorgeous.

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2 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats February 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

Beautiful! What a fun salad! Im always in need of some creative salad Ideas!! Thanks!

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3 Jenna February 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

What a great way to celebrate! This looks amazing

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4 Kristen February 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

Oh my – I love the thought of bourbon in a dressing! Mmmmmm!

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5 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 8, 2013 at 9:25 am

Loving this salad for Valentine’s day!! My hubby loves warm bacon spinach salads.

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6 Barbara | Creative Culinary February 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

I’ve always loved a salad with spinach and bacon and a warm dressing. Adding bourbon…well, you just KNOW that is right up my alley, right? Sounds pretty perfect to me.

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7 carrian February 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

I think this probably will become a tradition, it’s lovely!

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8 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

Dara,
This salad looks lovely, and from the ingredients I bet I’d say the same thing after I ate it, too!
Thanks!

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9 Becky at Vintage Mixer February 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

A bourbon dressing?!! That sounds fabulous and good way to sneak in just a taste of liquor while I’m pregnant ;)

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10 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

Bring on the avocados!!!

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11 Shitaki February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I love this salad, it’s refreshing and very healthy.

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12 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

What a nice touch adding bourbon to the vinaigrette…Yummy!!!

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13 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The bourbon definitely counts for something! This looks like the perfect substitution for actual Mardi Gras :D

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14 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

This salad is packed with gorgeous colors and amazing flavors, I love it.

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15 Leanne @ healthful pursuit February 9, 2013 at 5:33 am

I’ve never had gumbo, crazy right? I really need to get on that… And this salad looks fabulous, too! I love bacon through and through.

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16 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

Mmm I love how sinful and healthy this salad is!

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17 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

I love all of these flavors together and that is a knockout gorgeous plate of salad!

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18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

I love a warm salad and that bourbon dressing sounds incredible!

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19 Cookie and Kate February 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Well, I’ve been completely oblivious to Mardi Gras this year, but I’d be happy eating bourbon spinach salad any day of the year. This looks so tasty, Dara!

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20 sippitysup February 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The avocado is a creative addition, but I do consider this dish traditional Mardu Gras food because my mom made a similar version and she LOVED Mardi Gras. GREG

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21 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily February 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

How funny, I have been craving a warm spinach salad for days. And if that wasn’t a good enough reason to make one now I have a good excuse to run out and buy some bourbon! ;)

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22 Kelsey February 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

Bourbon in salad? HECK YES!

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23 Sasha February 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

As soon as I can crawl out of my sick bed and put on something besides my flannel jammies, I’m going to go buy all the ingredients for this salad. Is it sad the only thing I have in the house already is the bourbon?

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24 Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

That is the cutest bowl! I love the way it curves like that!

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