Warm Spinach Apple Salad

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  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 9 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Place the bacon onto paper towels.
  2. Once bacon is cool, break the strips into crumbles.
  3. Drain the skillet, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.
  4. In the same skillet, combine the reserved drippings, vinegar and brown sugar, bringing the mixture to a boil. Stir frequently and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat.
  5. In a large serving bowl, toss the spinach, apples, red onion, walnuts and bacon.
  6. Drizzle the salad with the warm dressing and toss to coat.
  7. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad and serve.