Dandelion Salad with Goat Cheese & Tomato Dressing

Ingredient:
Dressing

  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

Salad

  • 2 cups chopped dandelion greens (remove any tough stems)
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

  1. To prepare dressing: Combine goat cheese, vinegar and maple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Add 1/4 cup oil and tomatoes and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tarragon.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel. Crumble when cool. Wipe out the pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil and onion and cook, stirring, over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  3. When the bacon and onion are cool, toss them in a large bowl with dandelion greens, spinach, Parmesan and 1/2 cup dressing. Drizzle more dressing over each serving, if desired. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup dressing for up to 3 days.)

Yield:
4 servings

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