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Spinach Salad with Candied Shiitake Mushrooms

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Servings: 24
Cook Time: 25 min.
Chef Gary Donlick
Browned mushrooms in a sweet and salty sauce dress up this impressive salad.


  • 12 slices smoked bacon
  • 3/4 cup minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic
  • 3 lbs baby spinach, well rinsed
  • 3 lbs trimmed watercress, well rinsed
  • Candied Shiitake Mushrooms4 cups teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 lb stemmed shiitake mushrooms


  • To make the mushrooms: Mix the teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, and honey together. Heat the sesame oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook to brown slightly, stirring constantly. Add the teriyaki mixture to the pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy, reserving the fat. Dice the bacon.
  • For each serving, to order: Heat 1/2 tablespoon bacon fat over medium-low heat and add 1/2 tablespoon ginger and 1 teaspoon garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 4 ounces spinach and watercress, toss, and turn off the heat. Add 1/3 cup candied shiitake mushrooms and 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Stir until well coated and mound the salad on a plate, drizzling the liquid around it. Sprinkle diced bacon over the salad

Nutrition Facts

Calories 193
  Calories from Fat 22 (11%)
(4%)Total Fat 3g
(4%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(1%)Cholesterol 4mg
(84%)Sodium 2005mg
(29%)Potassium 1027mg
Total Carbohydrate 42g
(16%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 21g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(19%)Protein 9g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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