Don’t get too excited about that title.

We all know that the best vegetables begin with bacon.

I’ve decided that I like onions. And mushrooms. Especially when sauteed in bacon grease.

In fact, I like a fair amount of vegetables when paired with bacon grease.


Even all of that spinach that was dying in my fridge last week. Sort of.

I didn’t really know where I was going with this, but I knew I wanted bacon, mushrooms and onions. And since that doesn’t quite make a meal… I knew beans were going to make it into the mix too.

And I figured I’d better use that spinach instead of just leaving it to rot in the crisper drawer. Or else I’d feel the wrath of Mr. How Sweet.


Next came the quinoa, because while I thought I could deal with all of that spinach alone… I really couldn’t.

So in went the beans and the grains.

As a side note, you should know that I fried more bacon than should be legally allowed this past weekend. It was wonderful.

And this was quite delicious!

Even if I did pick out every other piece of spinach. It happens.


Now there is a large container of this in my fridge for meals and side dishes and I have the best of intentions. Hopefully I won’t find it hiding out behind the mac and cheese and cheesecake in three weeks.

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Warm White Bean and Spinach Salad

serves 2-4

2 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 6-ounce bag of spinach (I used a little more too)

1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup cooked quinoa

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add chopped bacon. Fry until golden brown, then remove bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Add onions and mushrooms and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and spinach (I leave the stems on, I don’t mind them) and stir for 2-3 minutes, until spinach is wilted. Add in beans and quinoa. Turn off heat and stir in bacon. Serve as a main entree or side dish.

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And in case you’re wondering, the cake batter crispy treats lasted 4 hours. I should probably go eat some spinach for breakfast.

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114 Responses to “Warm White Bean and Spinach Salad.”

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    Kristina — February 21, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    That looks awesome!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 21, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Love the combination of all the different textures and flavors- definitely makes eating spinach more tolerable:-)

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — February 21, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Who are we kidding? Almost everything tastes better cooked in bacon grease! This salad looks amazing.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

      Very true.

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — February 21, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    This may be what convinces my guys to eat quinoa! They look at me like I am crazy any time I want to serve it to them. It looks delicious!

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

      I’d be so impressed! I don’t think I would have touched this as their age.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — February 21, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    This looks so delicious & fresh! Even with the bacon :)

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    Cara — February 21, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    This salad looks great! Can’t go wrong with spinach and white beans, and with the addition of bacon and its grease makes it even better!

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    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — February 21, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    So delicious! :) I love creating clean out the fridge meals. But mine never look this good!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 21, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Such a great, healthy salad recipe – even with that bacon ;)

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — February 21, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    I am legitimately going to love on this recipe sometime this week (minus the bacon grease but I’ll pretend I didn’t say that so you still love me).

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      You break my heart!

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    Hannah — February 21, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Trust you to make bacon look delicious. Bacon, sprinkles, and cake batter – the necessities of life.

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    Riss — February 21, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    This looks wonderful. And the different recipe remixes you could come up with are endless… I bet it would also taste amazing with kale instead of spinach… throw in a handful of dried cranberries for a little savory-sweet kick and you’d have yourself a par-tay!

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      Dried fruit sounds good! Though I couldn’t handle kale. I’m a big baby.

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    Gen — February 21, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Bacon makes everything better! =D

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    megan @ blackberries for jam — February 21, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    I think you should do a bacon tutorial. That would be awesome.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      I think I’d eat it all before I could finish.

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    Heather — February 21, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    I need to make this for dinner. tonight. NEED.

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — February 21, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    I’m not normally one to say, “Yum,” about spinach, but…yum! Cover green, leafy things from my fridge with cheese or bacon and I’m game :)

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    Amanda — February 21, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    I’m always curious about the brand of bacon you use. Mine NEVER looks as delicious as yours!

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

      I seriously buy a different brand every week! This one is Giant Eagle Nature’s Basket All Natural Hickory Smoked – store brand.

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    Melissa — February 21, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    The fact that there is spinach in this automatically makes it healthy. The presence of anything green negates the bacon. Grease-schmease.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

      Right on!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen — February 21, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful!! and you’re right about the bacon – obviously. :) The other day, the 5 Ingredient Fix Show – did a bacon (slab!), egg and frisee salad that looked amazing…mostly because it was just obviously an excuse to eat awesome bacon and eggs – and deem it a little healthy with the greens and shallots.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

      That sounds insanely delicious!

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    Erica — February 21, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Your dislike of veggies always makes me laugh :) Glad the bacon made this dish a little more edible ;) Great combo of flavors. Would make a nice party side dish too!

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    Amanda (Eating Up) — February 21, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    I love this combo when I order it from restaurants!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 21, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    I’m one of those weird types that loves spinach on its own but this is like spinach all sexed up!! Sounds tasty Jess!

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    Katrina — February 21, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    Mmm mmm, tasty looking salad. I love warm spinach thrown in a salad. Awesome idea.

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    Jason @ Shutter&Saute — February 21, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Love the different textures, this dish looks amazing! Adding it to my must try recipes.

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    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — February 21, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    This looks ‘green’ enough that you can add as much bacon as you want without detracting from the healthiness.

    ;-)

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    Jessie — February 21, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks delicious! I can see this being added to my meal plan very soon!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 21, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    oh my goodness. I need to make this. But without beans.

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    Blog is the New Black — February 21, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    This looks wonderful, Jess! I actually love all of those veggies on their own, hehe.

    I am making something very “you” today. I’ll have to wait and see the turnout, but if it turns out well, you’ll squeal when you see.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

      I can’t wait!!

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    Kim in MD — February 21, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    You had me at bacon! Seriously, I have been making recipes with bacon for the past three days! I made a pasta dish with wild mushrooms and bacon (YUM!), and last night I made your Clams Casino linguine…to die for! My family loved it! Bacon makes the world go ’round!

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

      I knew there was a reason we got along so well! :) Glad you liked the linguine!

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    jasmine — February 21, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    omg that looks so fresh and inviting. definitely gonna try it.

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    Fallon — February 21, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    This salad looks delicious!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — February 21, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    Bacon makes everything better, truly! Looks delicious

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    mary (sisters running the kitchen) — February 21, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    this looks awesome. I love the combination of spinach and white beans!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — February 21, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Looks fantastic! I have been on the hunt for some new quinoa recipes…love the idea of adding beans!

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    Nicole, RD — February 21, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    This looks delicious! I have been craving spinach lately!

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    Meaghan — February 21, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I am so going to make this! Except I might use a different bean – like maybe chick peas. I am trying to make myself life beans but its a slow process haha recipes like this make them look so good though!

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    • Meaghan — February 21st, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

      *like!!! Not life lol. Apparently I’m still not quite awake :P

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      You can’t go wrong if you pair beans with bacon!

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    Alaina - The Jogging Concierge — February 21, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Bacon makes the world go round. :-)

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    Krystina (Organically Me) — February 21, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    I have a love/hate relationship with baby spinach. I like it in smoothies and usually cooked, but the second it starts to even go close to the expiration date, it tastes like straight up ass.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      Totally agree!

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — February 21, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    Marking this one to try soon. I’m good with everything there…except the mushrooms. But you understand food aversions. =)

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      My dad says mushrooms are a fungus – not a food.

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    Caitlin — February 21, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I have a strange love for quinoa. And cous cous. I keep thinking about this veggie “burger” I had in NYC with both of them and some other stuff and wishing I could remake it. Perhaps a vegetarian challenge for you, miss bacon?

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      I’ve never had a veggie burger in my life… but I’ve wanted to make one!

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — February 21, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    This looks great!

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    EatLiveRun — February 21, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    that looks divine! You know I’m with you on the bacon. :)

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    Feast on the Cheap — February 21, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    We’re totally on the same wavelength, I was craving something very similar the other night and whipped it right up. Such a comforting meal…

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    RhodeyGirl — February 21, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I am salivating over this. Must. make. asap.

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    Eliana — February 21, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    I am a firm believer that the best things in life begin with bacon and this salad is no different. It looks delish!

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    Moni'sMeals — February 21, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    good recipe to have. It looks great and I know so many of my family would like this one. :)

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    carrian — February 21, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I love finding new sides. Thanks for the idea!

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    Biz — February 21, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I still can’t do onions – yet my daughter loves them. Ew! But I think I would love this dish sans the onions – thanks for the idea. :D

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    Sana — February 21, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    Whenever my mom makes my brother dinner, he neatly eats around the veggies. It becomes veggie map on a dinner plate!

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

      I think he and I would get along well.

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — February 21, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    So clean and simple. What a great salad idea. I don’t work with quinoa nearly enough!

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    • Ellie@fitforthesoul — February 21st, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      I agree! Once again Jess! You did it. Simple and great ingredients.

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      I think it would be good with rice or couscous too!

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    Captain Micah — February 21, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    What is that wonderful pot you are using to wilt spinach?

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    • Jessica — February 21st, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      Just a calphalon skillet!

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