Spinach Salad with Bacon, Mushrooms, Poached Eggs and Bacon Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Bacon, Mushrooms, Poached Eggs and Bacon Vinaigrette


  1. HEAT large skillet over high heat and ADD butter. When the butter foams, add mushrooms and STIR to coat. COOK until the mushrooms begin to brown and then sprinkle with chopped thyme and salt.

  2. COOK bacon in a cast iron skillet until crisp. REMOVE bacon and reserve 3 Tbsp. of the rendered fat.

  3. WHISK together oil, vinegar, shallot and garlic in a small bowl, and slowly whisk in warm bacon fat.

  4. MEANWHILE, bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boil in large saucepan or deep skillet. ADJUST heat setting to keep liquid simmering gently. BREAK eggs, 1 at a time, into custard cup or saucer. SLIP each egg into water holding dish close to surface. COOK eggs to a soft poach – about 3 to 5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. (Do not stir.) LIFT eggs from water with slotted spoon; drain well.

  5. In a large bowl, TOSS the spinach with the warm dressing. TOP with poached eggs, cooked mushrooms and bacon lardons. SEASON with salt and pepper and SERVE.


  • 6 large EGGS
  • 1 large box (16 oz.) pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 pounds assorted mushrooms
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1/2 pound thick cut bacon (cut into 1/4 inch strips)
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Make the dressing in a blender to skip chopping the shallot and garlic.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitamin A, iron, folate and choline.

To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.

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