Baby spinach bistro salad

Baby spinach bistro salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This easily adaptable salad can be tweaked to suit your guests' taste

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
654
protein
28g
carbs
21g
fat
52g
saturates
15g
fibre
3g
sugar
3g
salt
4.65g

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled but left whole
  • 8 rashers smoked back bacon, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 small baguette loaf (about 125g), cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g pack fine French beans, trimmed
  • 140g mild blue cheese, crumbled into chunks
  • 200g bag baby spinach, washed if necessary

For the dressing

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

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Method

  1. For the dressing, whisk the mustard and vinegar together with some salt and pepper and 1 tbsp of water. Whisk in the extra virgin olive oil and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a lowish heat and add the garlic and the bacon. Cook the bacon slowly until starting to sizzle, then add the bread to the pan and toss in the bacon juices. Fry everything together slowly (this can take a good 15 mins) until the bacon is ultra-crisp and the croûtons are crunchy, drizzling the pan with a little more oil if it becomes dry. Once cooked, fish out the garlic clove and set the pan aside.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, tip the eggs into a pan of boiling water and boil for exactly 7½ mins. Cool in cold water, then peel and set aside. Cook the beans in a pan of heavily salted boiling water for 5 mins or until slightly crunchy but still bright green. Drain, tip into a pan of ice-cold water, then drain again and set aside.
  4. To serve, tip everything except for the eggs and dressing into a large bowl. Drizzle over the dressing and toss gently with your hands. Scatter the salad over a serving platter, halve the eggs and strew over the salad, seasoning the yolks with sea salt flakes and a grind of black pepper.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2007

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gerbas's picture
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Made it for guests and everyone loved it. I personally found it very rich. But a great recipe

urrmpof's picture
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Love this recipe - always a favourite

elainehardie's picture

This is really, really tasty. I made it for a special lunch for some friends, and it disappeared like nothing on earth!

sylvia's picture
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Forgot to add rating

sylvia's picture
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This is delicious salad. Quite filling have made this lots of times.

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