White Bean and Spinach Quinoa Salad with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Blue Cheese in a Bacon Pan Sauce Dressing from Closet Cooking

A nice, sweet and innocent looking white bean and spinach quinoa salad hiding a dark underside of bacon, onions and mushrooms caramelized in bacon grease and a bacon grease dressing. Naughty and nice never tasted so good!


Servings: makes 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (6 ounce) package baby spinach
  • 1 (19 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup mild blue cheese, crumbled
Directions
  1. Cook the quinoa as directed on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan, about 4-6 minutes, and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  3. Caramelize the onions and mushrooms in the remaining bacon grease, about 20-30 minutes, and set aside.
  4. Add the vinegar to the pan and deglaze it.
  5. Mix in the reserved bacon grease, sugar, mustard, garlic and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the spinach and white beans and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2-3 minutes and remove from heat.
  7. Mix in the bacon, onions and mushrooms.
  8. Serve garnished with blue cheese.
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