10.24.2013

no-dressing salad

This weekend I took my dad out in a little late birthday celebration. He just turned 70, guys. It kind of blows my mind and I notice the older I'm getting the more I'm savoring our time together. My dad has been through a few health issues in the past and there's nothing scarier than that. Sometimes it looms over me but I'm learning that I just need to focus on the here and now. We went to a battlefield that he hasn't visited since I was a kid. He's a big civil war buff. Then we went out to eat at one of the fancier places in town.




Village Square is one of my favorites. It's so pricey I can only afford to go once or twice a year [without feeling too guilty]. It has a fantastic ambiance, a seasonal menu, and a chef that knows what's what. We always get the filet mignon since it's cooked to perfection. As an appetizer we both got a salad. Dad wasn't a fan [although he got it sans onions which I thought was what made the meal]. I made this for my friends and it had mixed reviews. I think you need to be an onion fan for sure. 

When it comes to salads, I don't eat them too often. The thing is is that I really like ranch dressing. But when I use it, I feel so lame about it that I don't enjoy my salad. It's like I'm dousing unhealthy on top of healthy and it doesnt make a lot of sense to me. I've since found a few that I like that make me feel less guilty. I make an asian salad with a vinaigrette by Panera [it's sold at Target], and Panera has a thai salad that's amazing and super crunchy. 

This is the first salad that I've ever been able to eat without dressing. And I love love love it. I just made a ton to take with me to work.

Ingredients:
-1 yellow onion
-1/4 c balsamic vinegar
-2 tbsp butter
-goat cheese crumbles
-1/4 lb bacon
-1/2 lb walnuts
-2 tsp sugar
-cinnamon & powdered ginger to taste
-1 egg white
-spinach

Chop thick sliced bacon in small pieces. Cook, drain, set aside. Place walnuts in bowl and toss with one egg white. Lay out on baking sheet in a thin layer and sprinkle with a light coating of sugar, cinnamon, and powdered ginger. Place in a oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for about 10 minutes. 



In a large shallow pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and cook until reduced. 





Sprinkle spinach salad with walnuts, cheese, bacon, and top off with the balsamic onions. Enjoy!


3 comments:

  1. yum! sounds delicious, minus the bacon for me! and how awesome that you got to spend time with your dad!

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  2. Goat cheese + bacon. I'm in! Looks delicious!

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  3. Yum, never had a salad without dressing but it really sounds and looks delicious.

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