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Turnip and Baby Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Bacon in a salad doesn't necessarily scream "healthy!" but because the meat is used in moderation, this dish is still a winner. Just two slices (for four servings) impart a smoky flavor into the vinaigrette that coats the greens.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 2 bunches baby turnips with greens (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, greens reserved, turnips cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 4 cups baby spinach, washed well
  • 1 ounce bacon (about 2 slices), thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss turnips with oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, tossing after 15 minutes, until golden brown and tender, about 35 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together vinegar, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Step 3

    Wash turnip greens well, and tear into 3-inch pieces. Toss greens with spinach.

  4. Step 4

    About 5 minutes before turnips are finished roasting, heat a small high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Cook bacon, stirring, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add shallot, and cook until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vinegar mixture. Fold warm bacon vinaigrette into greens, and divide evenly among 4 plates. Top with roasted turnips and pecans.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2010