I do believe I have DIED AND GONE TO SALAD HEAVEN! Seriously, it’s divine!
When I first saw this recipe last week, I wanted to reach through my computer screen for a taste.
Then I made a few small modifications to her recipe, like using spinach from the garden, omitting the mushrooms (I’m not the biggest mushroom fan!) and adding pepper to my bacon, instead of buying the more expensive and already peppered bacon that she recommends.
Adding pepper to the bacon.
Cooling hard boiled eggs in water instead of with ice (as PW suggests)…we have no ice maker in our freezer! Cold water does the trick too!
NOTE: I got the bacon on sale for $2.50 and will use it in this meal, the spinach bacon frittata on Thursday and the Crockpot Beans this weekend. I also got a humongous red onion on sale for $.58 and will use half for this meal, and the other half in tomorrow night’s BBQ Chicken Pizza.
Here is the cost breakdown of her original recipe, plus what else we had for dinner!
- 3 eggs
- 8 slices thick cut, peppered bacon ($.83)
- 1 small red onion
- 8 oz. baby spinach leaves
- 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Dash of salt
- Cook eggs: cover with water, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to sit in water for 20 minutes. Drain off water and add ice on top of eggs.
- Fry bacon until crispy/chewy. Remove to a paper towel. Remove 3 tablespoons grease and set aside. Add 2 addl tablespoons of grease to a separate skillet over medium heat.
- Slice red onions very thinly, then add to skillet. Cook slowly until onions are caramelized and reduced. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Slice mushrooms and add them to the same skillet. Cook slowly until caramelized and brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Chop bacon.
- Peel and slice eggs.
- Make hot bacon dressing: Add 3 tablespoons bacon grease, vinegar, sugar, and Dijon to a small saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk mixture together and heat thoroughly.
- Add spinach to a large bowl. Arrange onions, mushrooms, and bacon on top. Pour hot dressing over the top; toss to combine.
- Arrange eggs over the top and serve.
Total for the salad: $1.66 (Yeah for gardening!!!)
We also had 2 cups of frozen corn (on sale for $.68/bag this week!!!), leftover meatloaf ($1.50) to round out the meal. I didn’t think the boys would go for the salad…they had a taste and moved on to the rest of their meal. They each had a hard-boiled egg as well the corn and meatloaf and a watermelon juice popsicle ($.25) for dessert.
This looks delicious! I need to peruse PW’s recipes for gluten free goodies soon. I love an inexpensive meal. How much $$ do I get to alot for a family of 6? LOL!
Jessie at Blog Schmog
Well, I haven’t participated here before I hope I did it right… 🙂 Thanks
Jessie at Blog Schmog (Potato soup for a Party)
Frugal Girls! says
4th of July Festive Fruit Kabobs!
Here’s a recipe you can make for 4 for $4 if you can find the ingredients on sale. It is one of our favorite recipes! (Barbecued Smoked Sausage & Lima Beans with Brown Rice.)
That looks so yummy and light for summertime!
Here is a frugal dessert that costs about $1.25 for a family of 7 and everyone gets to choose their own flavor and make it themselves!
This makes me think of Easter dinner – I make this salad every year and wait until the last possible second to pour the warm mustard dressing over the greens.
Love the melon pops – that’s such a great idea if I could get everyone to stop eating the melon!!
Best to you.
We joined the challenge this week! BF Mark and I made Upside Down Deep Dish Veggie Pizza….yummy! Actually, he’s the cook, but I supervised 🙂
The spinach salad looks great. I’m serving up salad as well:
Thai Chicken Salad
Kate @ Stolen Moments says
I’m not usually a big fan of spinach salads, but wow! That looks delicious!! As does that watermelon popsicle. I’m so making those this week.
Here’s my $5 Dinner – Monterey Chicken Quesadillas
Our Sunday dinner
That spinach salad looks great!
Savings Ninja says
This is my first time participating too. I got a deal on eggplant and spaghetti sauce this week, so made some Eggplant Parmesan: http://savingsninja.blogspot.com/2009/06/eggplant-parmesan.html. I’ve never had it before but I think it was pretty good. I hope you’ll check it out!
Ree always has yummy inspiration, doesn’t she? Here’s my good.cheap.eat for the week: Shredded Beef Tacos – http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-shredded-beef-tacos.html
Hope :) says
Ooooh … this looks great. I can’t wait to give it a try!
Chipotle Chicken Pizza – uses Kraft BBq sauce, which I have an abundance of right now ;o)
Sounds similar to what we’re having tonight, but the eggs on ours will be fried. Found the recipe here –
and thought it sounded yummy. And frugal. And won’t heat up my kitchen much!
I forgot the recipe for the Upside Down Deep Dish Veggie Pizza
Here it is!
I love your website…just made this salad and was skeptical about using the bacon grease instead of olive oil, but girlfriend this is delicious…thanks 🙂
life's uncertainties says
A really “divine” find. I am an advocate of only toxic-free and preservative-free food and this find is a truly “immaculate” one. I loved the way the green leaves were prepared, looks really crunchy.
How do I look up frugal butter cream filling and end up here withsalad?
By far the best salad I have ever ate!!!