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.
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.
Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until warm.
In a large serving bowl, combine the spinach leaves, crumbled bacon, roasted peppers and avocado. Pour in the dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.
Other dark leafy salads:
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
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- ½ teaspoon agave nectar or honey
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 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
- 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.
- Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until warm.
- In a large serving bowl, combine the spinach leaves, crumbled bacon, roasted peppers and avocado. Pour in the dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.
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That is the cutest bowl! I love the way it curves like that!
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?
Bourbon in salad? HECK YES!
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! 😉