Some flavors just belong together, and the apple/pear with spinach and bacon is exceptionally tasty. I got the basics for this recipe somewhere long forgotten, but as it stands it exists with my tweeks. While I eat only small amounts of fruit, this salad is one place where I live dangerously.
Apple/Pear Spinach Bacon Salad
For the Salad:
4 cups organic baby Spinach
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella, sliced or diced (feta is good too)
1 apple or pear thinly sliced
1/4-1/2 cup pine nuts, walnuts, or pecans– toasted
4 slices bacon crisp then crumbled
1/4 cup bacon dripping
1/4 cup olive oil (walnut or macadamia nut oils are also good)
4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp sherry vinegar or any light vinegar 5 drops stevia 1 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine spinach leaves and red onion slices in large bowl.
Blend oil,vinegar,mustard, salt & pepper together–then add bacon drippings and oil and whisk until blended.
Toss the ingredients in the bowl with some dressing to lightly cover. Salt and pepper to taste.
Plate each serving and arrange apple/pear slices on top.
Add mozzarella, bacon and pine nuts to each serving.
Drizzle with additional dressing.