If you’re looking for a dish of something light, healthy, and refreshing,that is also vibrant, bright, and flavorful, this Fennel and Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette will fit that order.
A delicious satisfying salad filled with fresh crisp fennel, spinach, smoked bacon and sweet cherry tomatoes.
The salad is flavored with balsamic vinegar that has a distinct depth of flavor that is both sweet and a bit astringent.
Balsamic marries well with Dijon mustard with added shallots that are flavorful and aromatic. They add a slightly spicy bite without overpowering the other flavors in this dish.
This salad calls for jumbo shrimp which are so much tastier and meatier than smaller shrimp.
Fresh is always better, but if you don’t live in an area that has access to fresh seafood, frozen is okay. We suggest buying already peeled and deveined shrimp. It will save you some time.
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Fennel and Spinach Salad with Shrimp and Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette
3 slices center-cut bacon
1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 medium bulb)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved, can sub for Symphony Cherry Tomatoes with a variety of colors
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 9-ounce package fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, optional
Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving the drippings, crumble the bacon, set aside.
Add the prepared shrimp to the skillet, cook about 2 to 3 minutes on each size. Remove from skillet and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the bacon, fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, and baby spinach.
Whisk the shallots, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and black pepper in a large salad bowl until well combined.
Next add the bacon, fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, baby spinach, and shrimp. Toss until well coated with the balsamic mustard vinaigrette.
Plate and serve.
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- One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives Orange & Fennel
- Peach & Shaved Fennel Salad
- Citrus Fennel & Avocado Salad
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