Picco’s Warm Spinach Salad

10562588_938865354494_5022638164799507105_oA few years ago the advertising agency I was working for catered lunch for us from local Boston eatery Picco. While the pizza was to die for, it was this warm spinach salad that I absolutely fell head over heels for. It’s a seasonal salad so the second the temperature turns cooler, I look for it on their menu, but when it’s not available, (or I’m craving it on a weekday and can’t drive into the city) I like to use the following recipe to make it at home:

Warm Spinach Salad


  • 4 slices bacon (cut into 1 inch slices)
  • 1 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups white beans
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 small clove garlic (grated)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • ¼ cup goat cheese (crumbled)
  1. Cook the bacon in a pan and set aside reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  2. Caramelize the onions in the remaining bacon grease and remove from heat before tossing with the beans and set aside.
  3. Add the vinegar to the pan and deglaze it.
  4. Add the reserved bacon grease, sugar, garlic and season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  5. Assemble salad, toss with dressing, and serve immediately.

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