Spinach, White Bean, and Bacon Salad Recipe

This healthy salad works well with any main meal and helps to keep those extra Christmas calories at bay.

from The Ultimate Christmas Book

Spinach, White Bean, and Bacon Salad RecipePhoto copyright © The Ultimate Christmas Book, 2006 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 slices turkey bacon, cut crosswise int1/o2-in. (0.5-cm) wide strips
  • 12 oz. (340 g) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
  • 1 can (19 oz./540 g) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz./125 ml) low-sodium mixed vegetable juice
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 12 cups (1 lb./450 g) spinach

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes.Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.

  • 2

    Add the shiitake mushrooms to the skillet and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.Add the beans and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  • 3

    In a bowl,whisk the vegetable juice, vinegar, mustard, and salt and black pepper. Add to the mushrooms and bring to the boil.

  • 4

    Combine the spinach, bell pepper, red onion, and bacon in a large bowl.Add the mushroom mixture to the bowl, toss to combine, and serve the salad immediately.

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