This is a recipe I came up with when spinach was on sale. South Beach doesn't encourage eating bacon due to the saturated fat, but the amount of bacon in a serving of this dressing is very small, and it adds a lot of flavor.
Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing
1/4 cup cooked, diced bacon (blot off fat before you dice it)
1/2 cup Mayo (not fat free)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp. Splenda
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Vege-sal (or pinch salt)
couple twists fresh ground pepper
In food processor or blender chop bacon until it is in very small bits. Add oil, mayo, vinegar, splenda, garlic powder, onion powder, Dijon, salt and pepper. Pulse a few times until ingredients are well combined. Shake well before using.
fresh spinach leaves
fresh diced mushrooms
fresh diced red pepper
Diced cooked egg
You could add any other ingredients you like such as:
diced cooked asparagus
sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans or cashews
chopped red cabbage
hearts of palm
Be sure to shake dressing well. You don't need much dressing to get a lot of flavor. I like to drizzle the dressing over the spinach, mix well, and then layer on the other ingredients.
This dressing is fantastic on sliced tomatoes.When the dressing has been in the refrigerator, you need to bring it to room temperature before you use it.
This recipe would be great for lunch for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For phase two or three you could add a piece of fruit or some 100% whole wheat breadsticks.