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Rachel Getting Hungry: Warm Spinach Salad With Bacon and Scallops

Posted Jun 29 2010 11:10am

I love what happens when you return from datecation only to discover you were so caught up in the moment, you ran out of town five days early and left behind a fridge of good groceries…that’s not so good anymore!

Yesterday around lunch time I was getting pretty hungry and had limited options. It was at that point I started going through the freezer…where I found the bag of frozen scallops I had bought a couple months ago to make a recipe for bacon, spinach, and scallops from Cooking Light. I couldn’t remember the exact recipe, so I took what I knew from my recipe for warm greens and then added the new proteins up in the mix!

Ingredients (Serves YOUR HUNGRY ASS!)

  • Two slices of bacon
  • Six ounces frozen scallops, thawed in cold water (takes about five minutes)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • As much spinach as you are fit to handle (or any greens really) — keep in mind it really cooks down, so you’ll probably want several cups.

This Is How We Do It

  • Fry the bacon in a pan until it’s crispy and set it aside. Once it’s cool, crumble it.
  • Add the thawed scallops to the bacon fat and cook them for about four minutes, seasoning with pepper, garlic, or whatever herbs you have handy. Set aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan and saute the spinach; when it’s almost done, add the scallops back to the pan for the last minute or so.
  • Serve the greens and scallops topped with the crumbled bacon.

The salty bacon and buttery scallops and greens are just allll good!

This is a ridiculously fast and easy dinner; way faster, actually, than calling for take-out. It was also really light, which I’ve been wanting with everything I eat lately.

Definitely a good “ purple meal ” to add to the rotation!

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