Friday, March 26, 2010

LE MADELEINE'S SPINACH SALAD......with Chicken.




Recently I got the Boss hooked on
LeMadeleine's Spinach Salad
with roasted chicken...
He knows I can duplicate anything at home and it always amazes him that I can do this....
So today for lunch I re-created this very delicious salad.....
Here's how you make it....the secret is in the dressing...
This makes two good size salads.....
1 bag of baby spinach
1 small red bell pepper
2 chicken breasts on the bone with skin
1/2 pound of bacon
1 cup of fresh strawberries
1 2.25oz. package of pecans rough chopped
for the dressing you will need the bacon drippings
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons of cider vinegar
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of honey
1 shallot
roast in a medium baking dish at 350 degrees for 45 minutes two chicken breasts on the bone with the skin left on.....
drizzled with a little olive oil and kosher salt and pepper...
I roasted the chicken the day before and left it in the baking dish with the juices to be refrigerated overnight. This was only for the purpose of quick prep the next day for lunch.
Cut the stems from the strawberries and cut into slices....Toss with a little bit of sugar
And refrigerate overnight......the sugar brings out the juiciness of the berries...
You can skip this step and just cut them the day of.....
ASSEMBLE THE SALAD
I took the chicken off the bone and shredded it....discarding the bones and skin...... I put the shredded chicken back in the baking dish with the juices and microwaved for 2 minutes.
Wash and dry the spinach.......Cut the red pepper into thin strips and toss into the spinach.
Divide the salad into two big deep bowls....
Good Excuse to use my new Williams Sonoma pasta bowls....
Add off to one side the strawberries
add the chicken....
MAKE THE DRESSING.....
cut the bacon with a scissor into small pieces then cook until crisp....
remove from pan and drain on paper towel...
in the bacon drippings add the shallot that has been thinly sliced...
cook a bit until softened but not browned....
Add the vinegar.....the mustard.....the sugar and the honey.....
use a whisk to combine and cook on low a few minutes....
Pour the dressing evenly over the two salads....
Add the bacon pieces and sprinkle with the pecans....
The Boss commented as we consumed the salads like two mad dogs that atleast
we're eating "Healthy".....
Well....I had to burst his bubble when indeed the spinach and the chicken are
healthy but I'm having my doubts about that
Hot Bacon Dressing....
But is sure was good!!

14 comments:

kim said...

OMG, that looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.

salmagundi said...

We love a hot bacon dressing on any salad - what's not to love? Like the idea of the pecans. Nuts take anything up a notch. Enjoy the weekend. Sally

House and Garden Boutique said...

Wow, that does sound good......love spinach lettuce and chicken! Now I'm really hungry....thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

Rettabug said...

We used to make something very similar with chopped hard boiled eggs in it & a warm dressing done with crumbled bacon & drippings. Thanks for bringing up that wonderful memory, Sue & for this delicious sounding recipe, too. I will certainly try it your way very soon!

fondly,
Rett

Haden News said...

This is my kind of salad, and it is perfect for Spring! I can't wait to try it!

Ellen said...

Looks delish!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - my mouth is watering!

That looked so pretty.

And the dressing - once in awhile you have to be bad!

Sandie

linda said...

This salad looks absolutely divine! Thank you for the great instructions. I'm a hugh salad lover so I'll definitely be giving this one a try.

merrilymarylee said...

The Indiana grandsons are coming tomorrow. They like chicken and bacon and strawberries AND spinach! Menu problem solved!

Nice to know you can duplicate things. Don't know exactly how to take advantage of that, but I'll think of something!

Truly--perfect timing on this post! Grocery list coming up!

Helen said...

What a great way to use my very own Williams Sonoma pasta bowls! Perfect salad for my family and one they will all enjoy!

Kathleen Grace said...

This looks so good, I know I'll be adding it to my menu this week! I staerted the no knead bread last night and it's looking pretty good. I'll let you know tonight:>) As for bacon, my grandmother had it every day for breakfast and she lived to 92. What's not healthy about that?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks and sounds so delicious!

Jojo said...

Yum! I gave up meat for Lent so I'm postponing trying this at home until after Easter. Can't wait!

fairfieldhouse said...

Sue,

This sounds delicious and I will be making it soon! Thanks for sharing.

Deborah