Honey Mustard Asparagus Bacon Salad

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We eat lots of salads, especially during the work-week for lunches. Our honey mustard asparagus bacon salad is great because you can prep the hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and dressing in advance and then just assemble your salad together when you’re ready to eat. You can also make it over the weekend, and store the dressing in a separate container to drizzle over the top when you’re ready for lunch at work.

I love that this salad has a variety of greens and protein for a filling salad. It’s hard to pack it away for lunches and not eat it right away when we are cooking the bacon on the stove. The entire house smells like breakfast, enticing me to devour the bacon before it even makes it into my lunch container. That’s what bacon does to me; now you know my kryptonite. It is a good exercise in self control though, and it makes me look forward to lunch at work.

This salad also makes a great side dish to go with dinner. We ate it with baked salmon recently, and it was the perfect combination of savory salmon, with salty bacon, hearty veggies and a slightly sweet honey mustard dressing.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

For every tablespoon drizzled, 15 calories derive from dijon mustard. While there isn't a significant amount of fat, carbohydrates, fiber or sugar, it should be noted each teaspoon, with 3 teaspoons equaling a tablespoon contains approximately 120 mg of sodium. Based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines, one should limit sodium intake to 2300 mg/day to maintain optimum blood pressure and carrying out a heart healthy diet. When cooked, one will absorb higher levels of vitamins A and E, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin, calcium, and iron. Additionally, carotenoids (e.g. beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin) are more easily absorbed. 1/2 cup cooked spinach provides 23 calories, 3.8 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 0.3 g fat and 2.4 g fiber, which is 10% of daily value.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Honey Mustard Asparagus Bacon Salad

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:25 minutes
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

For the salad:
1-2 pieces of bacon – chopped into bits and cooked until crispy
1 hard-boiled egg – cut in half
5 spears asparagus – chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 mushrooms – sliced into thin pieces
2 large handfuls of spinach
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon raw local honey
1 teaspoon avocado or extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook your bacon bits over medium heat in a medium sized skillet on the stove. The bacon will sizzle and crackle and make your whole house smell like breakfast. Cook it until it is crispy and then place it on a paper towel lined plate to soak up the grease.
  2. Hard-boil your egg(s). We follow Betty Crocker for the best hard-boiled eggs. Place your eggs in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with cold water at least 1 inch above the egg(s). Heat to a boil in your saucepan; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 18 minutes.
  3. Immediately cool briefly in cold water to prevent further cooking. Tap egg to crack shell; roll between hands to loosen the shell, then peel. If the shell is hard to peel, hold the egg under cold water while peeling.
  4. On a salad plate, layer your spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, bacon and hard-boiled egg(s).
  5. Drizzle your salad with your honey mustard dressing and eat up! The hard-boiled egg adds protein to your salad so you’ve got a complete meal. You could also add some grilled or baked chicken or salmon on top for more good fats!
Cook your bacon bits over medium heat in a medium sized skillet on the stove. The bacon will sizzle and crackle and make your whole house smell like breakfast. Cook it until it is crispy and then place it on a paper towel lined plate to soak up the grease. Hard-boil your egg(s). We follow Betty Crocker for the best hard-boiled eggs. Place your eggs in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with cold water at least 1 inch above the egg(s). Heat to a boil in your saucepan; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 18 minutes. Immediately cool briefly in cold water to prevent further cooking. Tap egg to crack shell; roll between hands to loosen the shell, then peel. If the shell is hard to peel, hold the egg under cold water while peeling. On a salad plate, layer your spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, bacon and hard-boiled egg(s). Drizzle your salad with your honey mustard dressing and eat up! The hard-boiled egg adds protein to your salad so you’ve got a complete meal. You could also add some grilled or baked chicken or salmon on top for more good fats!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 378; Total Fat: 20 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 227 mg; Sodium: 779 mg; Potassium: 477 mg; Carbohydrate: 36 g; Fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 29 g; Protein: 18 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 100%; Vitamin A: 43%; Iron: 31%; Calcium: 10%

 

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