Spinach Side Salad

Spinach Side Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4
Spinach is such a nutrient dense leaf and it's delicious too, especially when paired with bacon, nuts, cranberries, and cheese!
  • 4 c spinach
  • 4 strips of turkey bacon
  • ½ c Manchego cheese, shredded
  • ¼ c pure maple syrup
  • 1 c whole walnuts
  • ½ small red onion, sliced to ⅛-1/4 inch
  • ¼ c dried cranberries
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • ¼ c Balsamic dressing
  • aluminum foil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place bacon on a baking sheet lined with foil and cook in oven for about 20 mins or until crispy, turning over halfway through cook time.
  3. While bacon is cooking, arrange walnuts on a baking sheet. Drizzle with maple syrup and put in the oven between 5-7 minutes or until caramelized. Watch them carefully because burning can occur quickly.
  4. Place spinach into a large salad bowl.
  5. Top with crumbled bacon, cheese, walnuts, red onion, avocado, and cranberries.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar dressing, and serve.


Kristen Barkley
Kristen Barkley
Kristen is a happily married mom to four beautiful and active children and is the co-founder of Marpé Wellness. She has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston and completed extensive coursework in the areas of nutrition and fitness. She is excited to be putting her education to use in an industry that she is passionate about where she can help others live a healthier and happier life.

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