Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cool Summer Meal

Here it is, the dog days of summer are upon us. In Upstate New York, where I live, it is hot and very humid which makes it beyond miserable.  I decided that I was not in the mood for cooking anything heavy and not wanting to heat up my kitchen I came up with this quick and easy salad.  You can have it ready and on the table in 25 minutes or less.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Spinach, Grapes and Bacon Salad

8    slices bacon

4    cups grapes

1/4 cup raspberry vinegar

1    Tablespoon packed brown sugar

Dash each of salt and pepper

6     cups baby spinach

4     ounces dilled Havarti cheese, shaved

Pecan halves (optional)


1.  In a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in skillet.
2.   Meanwhile, halve 2 cups of the grapes.

3.   Add vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper to skillet. Heat 30 seconds just until warm.

4.  In a large bowl combine spinach, and halved grapes; add warm drippings mixture. Toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates. Top with cheese and bacon. Serve with remaining grapes and pecans. Makes 4 servings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jerilyn, we made this tonight and it's definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting it in the midst of the heatwave....

Pam M