Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon & Pine Nuts
2 tablespoons olive oil 4 slices bacon – cut into ½” pieces
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 cloves garlic – small, minced1 pound spinach leaves – trimmed
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
How to Prepare:
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a heavy skillet over med-hi heat until hot but not smoking. Add the bacon and sautee, stirring occassionally, for 4 minutes, or until browned. Turn heat to Med., add the pine nuts, and cook for 1 min., stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the spinach, vinegar and remaining Tbsp of oil, cook tossing gently for 15 seconds, or until the spinach is warm and a bit wilted. Transfer to serving plates, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve immediately. The texture of the pine nuts mellows the saltiness of the bacon and the tanginess of the vinegar.