Detox spinach salad

This is based on the salad at Arte on West 73rd street – one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It’s all white table cloths and traditional Italian food, but with a lovely neighborhood charm about it, and a laid back vibe. I had my 30th birthday there. I hate to think how many times over the last year I’ve eaten this salad.

Spinach Salad with sliced mushrooms, goat cheese, lemon and bacon (serves 2)

Mushrooms for post christmas detox spinach salad recipe1 bag of baby spinach
4  pieces of bacon cut into lardons
1 cup of crimini or chestnut mushrooms (or whatever variety you like)
4 tbsp goat cheese
1 lemon
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

  • Fry the bacon until crisp
  • Slice the mushrooms thinly
  • Zest half the lemon, then juice half the lemon and season well, especially with salt
  • Toss the spinach an mushrooms with enough dressing to make the leaves glisten
  • Top with the goat cheese broken up into little clumps, and the bacon
  • Grind some extra pepper over the top

This originally appeared in a post about the excesses of Christmas and my mother’s post Christmas birthday party.

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