Hot Spinach Salad

I love salad, but sometimes the thought of a cold, crisp iceberg variety just doesn't sound appealing on a chilly winter night. This hot spinach salad features a hot, tangy dressing and bacon crumbles for a salad that's more satisfying comfort food than traditional light fare.

Hot Spinach Salad
1/4 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp water
2Tbsp sugar
5 slices bacon
1 bunch spinach

Fry bacon and remove from the pan.

Add all other ingredients to the bacon drippings except the spinach, and heat to a boil.

Spoon the warm dressing over clean, torn spinach leaves.

Crumble bacon on top.

It's great by itself, or could be fancied up a bit with hard boiled eggs or mushrooms. This is another of many great recipes courtesy of my mother-in-law, Heidi. If I were to write a cookbook series I swear one of the best ones would be titled, “Things Heidi Taught me to Make.”