Do you have a signature dish?
That one dish that when you are invited to a potluck or family dinner you are always asked to bring?
Well, today’s salad recipe is my niece Emily’s signature dish. At Thanksgiving when Emily asked me what I wanted her to make for dinner my reply, without heistation, was – you’re spinach salad. It wouldn’t be a Wilkes family gathering without Emily’s spinach salad.
The main ingredients are pretty basic – spinach, romaine lettuce, bacon, mushroom, swiss cheese and strawberries.
The secret to this recipe is in the sauce or rather the dressing!
Here is the secret ingredient…
The other secret ingredient is of course sugar.
Then there is oil of course, vinegar, mustard and poppy seeds.
Then you top it off with red onions – the secret ingredient.
Then you shake it all up and put it in the refrigerator and let the flavors combine. The flavor of the red onion just infuses throughout – so good!
Combine the rest of your ingredients and then top it with the secret sauce!
You will eat this salad over and over again. I just keep a jar of the dressing in the refrigerator and use it on whatever combination of ingredients I have on hand.
What’s your signature dish?
- 20 ounces Spinach
- 1-2 heads Romaine Lettuce
- 3/4 cup Mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 pound Bacon pieces
- 1/2 - 3/4 pound Swiss Cheese grated
- 1-2 C Strawberries sliced
- 1/3 C White Vinegar
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- 1/3 C Sugar
- 1/2 C Canola Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1-2 tsp Wet Mustard
- 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
- Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake or mix well.
- Refrigerate for two hours or longer.
- Mix all ingredients together and top with dressing.
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