Spring Spinach Salad with Truffled Honey Vinaigrette

A hearty & flavorful spring salad that's enjoyable all year long!

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Ingredients

Salad

2eachsmall beets, stems trimmed to 1"
1Teaspoonolive oil
8piece(s)bacon, diced
1eachorange
16eachspears of asparagus, grilled
4Ouncearugula or endive
8Ouncespinach, cleaned and stemmed
1⁄2eachpurple onion, thinly sliced
2Ounceblue cheese, crumbled
1⁄2Cupmacadamia nuts, roasted and salted

Dressing

 eachReserved bacon fat from salad
 eachReserved orange juice from salad
1Tablespoonwhole grain mustard
2Tablespoonhoney
4Tablespoonchampagne vinegar
5leafbasil (large leaves)
2Teaspoontruffle oil
2Tablespoonolive oil
 eachsalt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Rub beets with olive oil.
  3. Place beets in a small roasting pan and cover with foil.
  4. Roast for 45-50 minutes or until tender.
  5. Cool, then peel and quarter.
  6. Sauté bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  7. Cool and reserve bacon drippings for salad dressing.
  8. Peel orange, then segment, reserving juice for salad dressing.
  9. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  10. Toss arugula (or endive) and spinach with salad dressing, bacon bits and asparagus.
  11. Arrange greens on plates.
  12. Top with asparagus, beets, orange segments and onions.
  13. Garnish with crumbled blue cheese and roasted macadamia nuts.

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