Spinach Salad with Mozzarella, Pears, Pine Nuts and a Warm Honey, Mustard and Bacon Dressing

Yields 4

Prep Time 15 min

Cook Time 10 min

Total Time 25 mins

Spinach and pears are combined with fresh mozzarella and pine nuts for a new take on an old classic.


    For the Salad

    • 4 cups Spinach, washed and dried
    • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
    • 8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella, diced
    • 4 slices Bacon, diced
    • 2 Pears, sliced
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

    For the Dressing:!

    • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
    • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
    • 4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp Champagne Vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp Honey
    • 1 tsp stone ground mustard
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Put spinach leaves and red onion slices in a bowl.
    2. Mix vinegars, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper together. Add bacon drippings and oil and whisk until blended.
    3. Toss the ingredients in the bowl with some dressing to lightly cover. Salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Plate each serving and arrange pears on top.
    5. Add mozzarella, bacon and pine nuts to each serving.
    6. Drizzle with additional dressing.

    Recipe Notes

    This makes additional dressing than what will be required for 4 servings. Serve with any fresh salad.

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