This salad is so delicious, you will actually crave it! The spinach gives an excellent dose of all of the B vitamins including folic acid, and is a good source of iron. It is a great addition to any meal plan to help fight off the cold and flu this season!
3 slices of bacon, nitrate free is preferable
4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup rice vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (start with about ¼ tsp each)
1 Bulb of garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
For each salad:
2 cups fresh baby spinach, washed and patted dry
1 Tbsp feta cheese
- Slice of the top of the garlic bulb (not the root). Place in a small oven proof dish. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Bake at 400 F for about 40 minutes or until garlic cloves are soft. Let cool. Easily push garlic cloves out of the peel.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon strips in a large skillet until done on medium heat (about 10 minutes). Place cooked bacon on paper towels to crisp.
- Drain bacon grease from pan, but don’t clean the skillet. Add minced garlic and saute for about 2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Cut bacon strips into small pieces. Add bacon, minced garlic, rice vinegar, ½ cup olive oil, and salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix well.
- For the salad: Place about 1 cup of spinach on each plate with 1.5 Tbsp feta cheese and 2 cloves of roasted garlic (that you roasted earlier in the oven).
- Drizzle each salad with about 1 Tbsp dressing.
Nutrition Info per Serving for Dressing (1 serving is about 1.5 Tbsp, about 12 servings): 109 Calories, 11 g Total Fat, 2 g Total Carb, 0 g Dietary Fiber, 1 g Protein.
Nutrition Info per 2 cups Spinach with 1 Tbsp Feta cheese and 1.5 Tbsp (one serving) dressing: 147 Calories, 13 g Total Fat, 4 g Total Carb, 2 g Dietary Fiber, 3 g Protein.