Thursday, January 3, 2008

Our only holiday photo

We didn't take any photos of our first Christmas at our new house or of any holiday meals. This is literally the only picture we have from the whole holiday season. Not food related, but super cute.

Spinach Salad

We had a holiday pot luck at work and I brought my favorite spinach salad. My mom has made this since I was a little girl; she doesn't remember where she found it. I prepped most of the salad the night before, but was sure to leave off the eggs and dressing until the next day. I didn't get a pic of the final product, but it was delicious. I like to add the dressing about an hour before serving so that it soaks into the spinach a little bit but doesn't get too soggy.

1 pound baby spinach
1/4 pound mushrooms-sliced
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
sliced red onion (put as much or as little as you like, im a bigger onion fan than most)
6-8 slices of crispy bacon, broken into bite size pieces
1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained

dressing: mix together until sugar dissolves, then pour over salad
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/4 tsp dry mustard
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup sugar or splenda
salt and pepper