Spinach, White Bean, and Bacon Salad Recipe

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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