Work Sure Gets in the Way of Posting: Spinach Salad

Here's a bad picture (phone-camera) of a Spinach Salad (Ensalada de Espinacas):

Spinach is a touchy, fragile, green leaf vegetable. The resto gets bags of prewashed spinach and after a couple of days they're usually ½ "dead" and not viable for use in a salad.

Yesterday I was making salads on the fly (as the orders came in) -


  • Spinach leaves
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Buffalo Mozzarella cheese (pearls)
  • Mushrooms
  • Pine Nuts
  • Bacon
  • Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette
    • 1 part Balsamic Vinegar (Modena)
    • 1 part honey
    • 3 parts Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)


  1. Dump spinach into a single serving salad plate (sort of an super-deep plate)
    • Sort out and discard any badly smashed up leaves
  2. Place 4 pearls of Buffalo Mozzarella cheese symmetrically around the edge
  3. Place 5 (mini) cherry tomatoes non-symmetrically around the edge (cut in half of they're big cherry tomatoes & place them with the cut face down)
  4. Slice a mushroom, vertically, superfine (if you can get 25 slices from a 1" mushroom you're doing alright)
    • Arrange circularly in the center (place the 1 'end' pieces in the center first and surround with the slices in a overlapping pattern
  5. Sprinkle Pine Nuts (stuff is not in the photo from this point on)
  6. Pour 65 ml (¼ cup) vinaigrette over the salad
  7. Microwave a large tablespoon's worth of bacon and
    • dump over the salad (arrange untidilly over the mushrooms)

Drop by the restaurant and you can cover for me during my break


Shalee said...

Sounds delicious... I don't know if I can get 25 slices from a shroom though. So I don't think you would let me give you the breather that you obviously deserve.

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