Warm Mussel And Spinach Salad
|Fresh spinach||1 1⁄4 Pound|
|Garlic cloves||2 Large, peeled and crushed|
|Dijon mustard||2 Tablespoon|
|Lemon juice||2 Tablespoon|
|Fruity extra virgin olive oil||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Salt||1⁄2 Teaspoon (adjust quantity as per taste)|
|Minced red onion||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Olive oil||1 Tablespoon|
|Mussels||1 1⁄2 Pound, scrubbed, beards removed|
|Thick sliced bacon||1⁄2 Pound, cut into 1/2 inch slices|
|Sherry/Red wine vinegar||2 Tablespoon|
|White mushrooms||2 Ounce, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups)|
|Garlic flavored croutons||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)|
|Cherry tomatoes||8 , split|
|Black pepper||To Taste|
Remove the stems from the spinach.
Wash in several changes of water to remove the sand.
Dry well (a salad spinner works well).
Cut it into 3/4 inch strips.
This is easily done by rolling several leaves together lengthwise into a tight cylinder and cutting across the roll.
This should make about 8 to 10 cups of spinach.
Put the spinach in a large salad bowl.
Prepare the vinaigrette.
Combine the garlic, mustard, and lemon juice in a medium-size bowl.
Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking continuously.
Stir in the salt and the red onion.
Steam the mussels Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large pot with a tight-fitting lid and heat until fragrant; then drop in the mussels, cover, and cook just until the shells are open, about 4 minutes.
Remove the mussels from their shells and add the meat to the vinaigrette.
While the mussels are cooking, begin sauteing the bacon in a medium-large skillet.
Separate the pieces and cook until quite crisp.
Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels or a brown bag to drain.
Discard the bacon fat, add the sherry vinegar, and deglaze the pan over medium-high heat for just a minute to incorporate all the browned cooking bits.
Add this vinegar to the vinaigrette.
Add the mushrooms, crumbled bacon, and croutons to the spinach, turn the vinaigrette over the spinach, and quickly toss to cover evenly.
Add the tomatoes and a generous amount of black pepper,