I don’t know about you, but sometimes Debbie and I get tired of always having to choose what we have for dinner! Sometimes I just cant think of what I want. When I ask Kevin what he wants, he hardly ever helps. He just says, “Anything you make is good” which is nice of him to say, but IT DOESN’T HELP ME! Debbie shoots herself in the foot in the same situation, because she said that when Mark suggests something, she often says “Ehhhh, I don’t really feel like that”. So I don’t have much sympathy for her lol.
So anyways, the other day I asked Kevin what he wanted for dinner and he told me that he felt like a green salad. He must have had fast food that day, but I didn’t ask, I was just thankful that I got a suggestion ;). Green salad it is!
I decided to make this Spinach Salad and I whipped up a Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette to go with it. I love Spinach salads. I don’t eat them that often so its kind of a treat when I do. Bacon bits, mushrooms, red onion, gruyere cheese (my favorite), all topped off with a hardboiled egg. I would have added tomato but I didn’t have any and Kevin hates tomatoes so…
For a tip on how to cook a perfect hard boiled egg, check out the tip on our No Mayo Potato Salad post.
Here’s another tip:
If you don’t like strong red onions, slice or chop them up and soak them in cold water for about 5 – 10 mins. It takes the bite right out of them and leaves you with sweet onions!
I gotta tell you, this has to be my favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette to date! The maple syrup just enhances the flavor of the balsamic vinegar perfectly. Its slightly sweet and tangy and perfect for this salad!
Kevin told me he really liked the salad and that I should make it again. I told him that next time I ask him what he wants for dinner he should say “Spinach Salad”!
He helped me take pictures of our salads before we ate them. What a sweetheart. Those are his man fingers right there… lol
Spinach Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- FOR THE SALAD
- 1 or 2 Hardboiled Eggs , cooled
- Two handfuls of Spinach
- 3 or 4 Mushrooms
- 2 tbsp Bacon Bits
- 2 tbsp Red Onion , sliced
- 2 tbsp Gruyere cheese , grated
- 4 cherry Tomatoes (optional) FOR THE DRESSING
- 2 oz Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 oz Olive Oil
- .5 - 1 oz Maple Syrup
- 1 oz prepared Mustard
- 1/2 tsp Salt or more to taste
In a jar or container with a lid, add all the ingredients for the dressing and shake well.
Add Salt to taste.
FOR THE SALAD
Cook your hard boiled eggs and set aside to cool.
Place the spinach on a plate and arrange the mushrooms, tomato, onion, bacon bits and cheese on top.
Slice your cooled hardboiled egg and place on top.
Drizzle with the dressing and serve!