We absolutely love using spinach in the Kootenay Spice Kitchen. We use it as a replacement for lettuce in many dishes including Caesar salads, on burgers, pizzas and so much more. You may recognize this salad from our salmon steak and spinach salad post a few weeks ago.
To make this hot spinach salad you will need:
1 bag baby spinach (250g/9oz)
2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
3 mushrooms, sautéed and chopped
½ small red onion, chopped into thin strips
2 tablespoons pine nuts
¼ cup water
When we make our hot spinach salad, we like to mix the cooked spinach with fresh, crisp spinach. It is important to not overcook the spinach, it cooks very quickly.
Heat the ¼ cup of water in a deep frying pan. Put half of the spinach in the pan and cover with a lid for 30 seconds. Stir and cover for another 15 seconds. Repeat if necessary.
When the spinach is just beginning to wilt, remove from the pan and place in a non-metallic bowl. Stir in the remaining spinach, bacon, mushrooms, onions and pine nuts.
Sometimes we also like to add strawberries, pomegranate arils, feta cheese and/or a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. There are endless options for how you can jazz this one up a bit! Let us know what you like to add to your spinach salad!