Christmas Dinner- Salad: Spinach & Bacon Salad

Christmas Dinner: Spinach & Bacon Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

A simple salad course to keep the Christmas dinner festivities running smoothly.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

Ingredients
• 6 thick cut slices of bacon
• Olive oil
• 2 heaping tablespoons pine nuts
• 12 x ½ ” thick slices of French baguette
• 6 medium pickled onions, and 2 tbsp liquor from the jar
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
• Quality extra virgin olive oil
• 4 large handfuls of baby spinach
• 1 handful of seasonal salad leaves

Assembly
1. Slice bacon into lardons and put into a large frying pan over medium-high heat and fry.
2. Add pine nuts for a minute and scoop out with a slotted spoon leaving the bacon fat behind.
3. Toast the bread in the bacon fat until golden on both sides.
4. Finely slice pickled onions.
5. Using a large bowl mix the pickled onion liquor with the Dijon mustard, ¼ cup olive oil and a pinch of black pepper.
6. Wash and dry the spinach and add to bowl.
7. Add bacon, pine nuts and pickled onions and then toss.
8. Place the croutons (sliced baguette) in and serve.

Tips
• Add crumbled blue cheese or feta or matchstick apples or pears would work well.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Such a tasty simple salad and with preparing a full Christmas dinner this salad packs a punch without that much effort.

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta - Candy Coated Culinista

Bruschetta – Candy Coated Culinista

I saw these organic tomatoes in purple, yellow and red on my grocery trip and I wanted to find a recipe where I could showcase all these lovely colours.

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy,

Ingredients
• 1 baguette
• 30 organic grape tomatoes (purple, yellow & red), sliced into three (each grape)
• ½ small red onion, diced
• Handful basil, chiffonade
• Handful cilantro, chiffonade
• 8 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
• Big pinch of Italian seasoning
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ tsp black pepper
• Goat cheese, crumbled

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. Slice baguette on the bias and place on the baking tray and bake until toasted, 5-7 minutes.
3. Prepare tomatoes and herbs and place in a large bowl.
4. Mince garlic and place in a small frying pan over medium-high heat along with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
5. Cook for a minute then pour into bowl and add Italian seasoning and salt, pepper and the crumbled goat cheese into the mixture and combine.
6. Place mixture onto baguette and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a quick and healthy snack that tasted great. I loved the addition of the goat cheese, cilantro and balsamic vinegar. Mixed with the lovely colours of the tomatoes and the lemony smell of the cilantro it tasted divine. I will be making this as a snack or an appetizer more often.

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