Rach's 3 Minute Meal: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon-Maple Dressing

Finally, a 3 Minute Meal that’s not an egg or a quesadilla! This hearty salad hits all the right notes: savory, sweet, bacony—and super fast.
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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon-Maple Dressing

Recipe by Rachael Ray

This recipe originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2021 issue. Get the magazine here.


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 slice meaty bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 rounded tsp. Dijon or grainy Dijon
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups (packed) spinach, stems removed, or baby spinach
  • 1 to 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. drained marinated mushrooms
  • A handful of fried onions or potato sticks (from a can or pouch)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, halved (store-bought or prepped)


heating oil on skillet

1. For the dressing, in a medium skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high.

searing bacon with oil

2. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

frying shallot and garlic with bacon

3. Add the shallot and garlic; stir for 2 minutes.

adding maple syrup to bacon mix

4. Add the vinegar and maple syrup. Swirl the skillet, then remove from the heat.

whisking dijon and thyme with bacon

5. Off heat, whisk in the Dijon and thyme. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.

tossing spinach with dressing

6. For the salad, in a large bowl, toss the spinach with some of the warm dressing; season.

adding egg topping to spinach salad

7. Top with the radishes, mushrooms, fried onions, and egg. Add more dressing, if desired.

"A satisfying main-course salad in less than 5 minutes? Yep, it can be done!"-Rach