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Salmon and Golden Beet Salad with Crisp Bacon

Tender poached salmon served atop yellow beets, crisp turkey bacon, and baby spinach has layers of flavor.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2003


  • 8 small golden beets (about 10 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 slices turkey bacon (about 2 1/4 ounces), sliced crosswise into thin strips
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced into 4 rounds
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a piece of aluminum foil, toss beets with 1 tablespoon oil and the salt; wrap beets in foil to make a packet. Cook until beets are easily pierced with a fork, about 35 minutes. Let cool; peel beets, and slice into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.

  2. Cook bacon on another baking sheet until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate; let drain.

  3. Place lemon slices and 6 cups water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add salmon, and cook at a bare simmer until flaky, about 12 minutes. Transfer fish to a plate; let cool.

  4. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil until emulsified.

  5. Place spinach and beets in a bowl. Add dressing and some bacon; season with pepper. Toss to combine. Divide among plates; top each with a salmon fillet. Garnish with remaining bacon.

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