- 4-- loose-packed cups baby spinach leaves
- 2teaspoons olive oil
- 2teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2teaspoon dried Italian herb mixture
- 3medium portobello mushrooms, wiped clean with a towel
- 1/4cup pecan or walnut pieces
- 2teaspoons sugar
- 2ounces Fakin Bacon*
- 2-- hard-boiled eggs, chopped, optional
- 1/4cup crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese
- 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2tablespoons raspberry or balsamic vinegar
- -- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place spinach leaves in a large bowl with a damp paper towel over the top and refrigerate.
Combine olive oil, vinegar and Italian herbs. Use this mixture to brush portobello mushrooms on both sides.
Preheat a grill or oven broiler. Grill mushrooms 3 to 4 minutes per side or broil them on a baking dish 2 inches from heating element 5 to 6 minutes per side until lightly browned. Slice into strips and set aside.
Heat a dry saute pan or skillet over medium heat and add nuts and sugar. Stirring constantly, cook 2 minutes until sugar melts and forms a glossy coating on nuts. Remove nuts from pan and set aside on a plate.
Place "bacon" strips in a dry saute pan or skillet over medium heat and brown lightly or follow package directions. (The tempeh bacon strips also can be browned under a broiler.) Chop cooked strips.
Top spinach leaves with mushroom strips, caramelized nuts, eggs, if using, chopped bacon and blue cheese.
Drizzle extra-virgin oil and vinegar over salad. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
*Fakin Bacon by Light Life is smoked tempeh-based bacon substitute. It comes in 6-ounce packages and can be found in the dairy or soy section of most natural food markets.
Nutritional Info *per serving
- Calories 395
- Fat 12g
- Cholesterol 13mg
- Sodium 403mg
- Carbohydrate 12g
- Fiber 4g
- Protein 12g