Monday, January 25, 2010

Spinach Salad with Scallops and Bacon

Spinach Salad with Scallops and Bacon

If you read this blog or my photo blog, you probably know that I’m kind of old school.  I like old things.  Vintage things.  Perhaps because I am a little vintage myself.  I am especially partial to vintage kitchen items, as you can tell from the photos in my sidebar. 

So, when I was contacted by Frigidaire, I was thrilled.  Frigidaire is a name that I have known and loved forever it seems like.  And it probably has been, since they have been around since 1916.  Even the name sounds all cool and vintagey.  So, anyway, they said that they liked my blog (gosh I love them more all ready) and they wanted to know if I would be interested in creating a recipe to put on their Frigidaire recipe page.   Obviously, they have me confused with people who actually create recipes, but fearless that I am, I said sure. 

So, being me, it had to be easy.  And also being me, without anyone else telling me what to do, it was probably going to include bacon.  Because when left to my own devices, bacon is always in the picture.    After some shuffling of things in my fridge and freezer, I settled on the ingredients for this.  I had a bag of those tiny (read cheap) bay scallops, and a pear in the fruit drawer, and a bag of baby spinach, and of course, bacon.  I have to say people, this was mighty tasty, truly quick and easy, and it has bacon.  What more could you ask for?

Spinach Salad with Scallops and Bacon

Serves 2

  • About 4 cups of baby spinach (enough for 2 salads)
  • 2 – 3 cups of bay scallops (I just used what I had left in a bag in the freezer)
  • 1 pear, cored and diced
  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Swirl a bit of olive oil in cast iron skillet and add diced bacon.  Brown the bacon slowly over a medium to medium-low heat.  (I’ve found that a lower heat makes the best crispy bacon bits for a salad).  Since the bacon is going on a salad, you want it nice and crispy, this took about 15 minutes.   While the bacon is cooking, divide the spinach between two plates, dice the pear and place half on each plate on top of the spinach.

When the bacon is crisp, remove with a slotted spoon to a small bowl.  Add scallops to skillet and saute for about 2 minutes, until cooked through.  Remove with slotted spoon and divide among salad plates and sprinkle the bacon top (giving yourself more - you are the chef after all).   Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to the pan if there are not a lot of drippings left (you will be making the dressing with them).  Add the apple cider vinegar and stir to deglaze the pan.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and any addition oil or vinegar to your taste.  Pour over the salads and serve.

39 comments:

Amy said...

You pretty much had me at that first picture. Hello.

Bacon=love.

And very cool about Frigidaire!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations on being selected by Frigidaire. You've created a wonderful retro salad with the bacon and spinach and updated it with the scallops. Bravo. You've made a gourmet treat.
Sam

A Year on the Grill said...

This is a great salad... love the little bits of seafood and bacon, but the pear is what makes it!

Joy said...

Congratulations! It's just a matter of time until we see you on the food network.

Kim said...

Pretty cool stuff to make a recipe fro frigidaire. Bacon and spinach are a perfect marriage.

Mags said...

Congrats on the shout out from Frigidaire! It's always nice to be recognized, isn't it?

Spinach and bacon are a perfect combination, with or without the scallops. Beautiful photos!

buffalodick said...

Congrats! Salad looks super tasty to me right now..

5 Star Foodie said...

This salad sounds terrific and I just love the baby scallops, so perfect with the addition of bacon!

zurin said...

WOW congratulations...youre destined for bigger things soon! that salad is going to be a hit m sure!just by looking.:)

George Gaston said...

Pam, congratulation! Frigidaire is one of those great companies, whose name we can always trust. It stands for quality, reliability and longevity.

This is a beautiful dish with a great balance of flavor. I, too, have some remaining bay scallops that will make their way into this wonderful recipe. Thanks...

Marjie said...

I second your motion about bacon. My entire household is of the opinion that everything is better with bacon. Congrats on the Frigidaire honor!

shabby girl said...

That looks, and sounds great! Think I'll try it next weekend for lunch. What's not to love about bacon? I usually don't buy it though, because I have absolutely NO CONTROL. If I have A piece, I have to have 4.

Michelle said...

You created a wonderful, simple recipe that I can tell was delicious!

I remember my Grama called her refrigerator a Frigidaire! And it wasn't a Frigidaire but a GE!

Peter M said...

Very well composed salad, my dear Pam. Bay scallops and bacon, continuing the classic pairing.

The Meezers and Billy said...

oh wow, now I know what I'm making for dinner tonight! - MeezerMomMary

theUngourmet said...

Bacon is Good! Congrats! So cool about the Frigidaire deal. Your salad looks so fresh and delicious!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pam, I copied that recipe and sent it to my best friend. She love Spinach Salads and she love Scallops. I think this one will be a fav of hers...

Thanks so much!
Hugs,
Betsy

Mimi said...

When I was the photo I was ready to take out my fork and dig in. It is so disappointing not to be able to cyber taste.
Mimi

Pam said...

Lovely! What I would do to have this for lunch today.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

My goodness that looks delectable. The bacon just pushed it over the top for me.:D

No boring salads at your house, that's for sure.

Beautiful photos Pam! xo

grace said...

my goodness, the flavor and texture contrasts in this must be INCREDIBLE. crunchy bacon, sweet and juicy pear, leafy spinach...and the scallops, pam, the scallops! this is just wonderful. :)

Barbara said...

Congratulations on being chosen by Frigidaire!
And I'm loving this recipe! Those bay scallops with bacon, no less. And a pear as well. Could there be a better combo?

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Bacon!!
What a great dish, and such an honour to be recognized as the goddess that you are.

noble pig said...

I lurve this!!! I mean seriously, I must make it...my goodness.

Mary said...

Wasn't Frigidaire like THE original refrigerator? Seems that on down the line people used to call all fridges frigidaire too - sort of like jello and xerox.

Love scallops and bacon so this sure sounds yummy to me!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

What an incredible dish! I love the little flavor twist with the pear. Sweet and salty and so delicious!

Paula said...

I'm a vintage lover, too. Congrats on the Frigidaire honor! Wowww! I'm impressed, too, that you could, you know, just go to your fridge and whip this up. The inside of your fridge sounds way better than the inside of mine.(Although there is bacon in there!) Congrats again.

Debinhawaii said...

Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition! The salad looks perfect--loving all the bacon. I have half a bag of those little scallops and now I know what to do with them. ;-)

Joanne said...

Bacon is a good call. You actually can never go wrong with bacon.

Blend said...

I was inspired by this last night, and decided that this was how I was going to use the rest of the Spinach I had in the fridge!

I made my salad slightly different though - instead of using pears, I used red onion and plum tomato. I cooked the bacon then used the bacon grease to fry the scallops, but I did not incorporate the bacon grease into my dressing - it just felt like too much fat to me.

Instead, I two parts olive oil, one part balsamic vinegar and one part lemon juice, with a bit of taragon mixed in.

The salad was phenomenal, my roommate loved it!

Celestial Charms said...

Great recipe and wonderful honor. Congrats. You see, we never know who is peeking at our blogs!
Maureen

Chris said...

Man, I gave them a recipe and they put mine UNDER the fridge ;) (just kidding, congrats!)

Pam said...

Yum, this salad looks great, I loved it, I need to try it :)
xxx

Fresh Local and Best said...

This looks like quite a salad with the smoky and briny sweet flavors! I'm looking forward to trying it!

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

I am a bit Vintage too Pam - it is what makes us cool! ;)

Coggie said...

This recipe sounds amazing. My parents always had a Frigidaire when I was growing up. I would love to have one now. Congrats!!

SweetPeaSurry said...

OOOH excellent about the Frigidaire!!! YAY-OH! And the nosh looks divine, I'm heading to the store to get some goodies to make it!!! I can't use bacon, but I wonder if I can substitute diced ham. I'll give it a try and let you know how it turns out!

Tammy518 said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I'm always up for anything that has bacon in it.

Hillary Gras said...

Just made this last night. What a simple and delicious recipe!