We're big salad eaters in our house but an ordinary plate of lettuce and tomatoes won't do. We like our salads complex and, as Brian is fond of saying, with a lot of "stuff" in them. To own the truth, Brian has made me a much better salad maker over the years with his insistence that salads mustn't be simple. Many times during the first year we dated, I'd serve him a salad and he'd say it was good but wonder what else can we put in it. And in my attempts to please him, I realized how much better salads could be.
2 Cups baby spinach, washed
1/4 Cup walnuts
1/4 Red onion, thinly sliced
3 Slices thick cut bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
2 oz. Goat cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon sherry or red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise (I used low fat)
1/4 Teaspoon sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
In a bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette and begin to compose the salad. Place the spinach on a plate followed by the red onion and the sliced beets. Add the crumbled bacon, walnuts and cheese and pour on the vinaigrette. Makes 2 servings.