[recipe] Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad

As promised, here’s the recipe that’s been making my lunches this week somewhat more kick-ass than usual.

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I found this recipe in my much-loved (already) Runner’s World Cookbook, but did make a few modifications to the recipe as well.

Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad

(adapted from Runner’s World Cookbook)

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon (I used 4 because that’s what I had)
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and chopped (totally forgot to include this)
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced (I dislike red onions, so I used white)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • Juice from 1 orange (I used store-bought salad dressing so this was omitted)
  • 1 pound fresh spinach

I didn’t bother peeling the sweet potatoes before roasting them – I scrubbed them well and don’t mind the peel so much, so I took the lazy route and cut them up and roasted them at 400 for 30 minutes.

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While the potatoes were roasting I cooked up four slices of bacon and hardboiled four eggs (one of my tweaks to the recipe).


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After the bacon was cooked, I drained off the fat (but didn’t wipe the pan) and added 1 yellow onion and one container of sliced cremini mushrooms (tweak #2) and cooked those until slightly softened.

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To assemble for work, I put the spinach and egg in one container, the sweet potatoes, mushrooms and onions in a second container, and the dressing in a third.

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Here’s what the three containers look like when I’m getting ready to eat.

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And here’s what it looks like all assembled.

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Runner’s World has the calorie count, but since I don’t count calories, I don’t much care 🙂

Tell me: What kind of lunches do you take to work?

12 thoughts on “[recipe] Spinach, Bacon and Sweet Potato Salad

  1. As much as you talk about sweet potatoes, I sometimes feel like I should try them again. And then I worry that I’ll just waste sweet potatoes.

    Also, mushrooms are gross. Ew.

  2. Mostly it is leftovers, i over did it with the salad this summer so I am hoping a winter of leftovers will cure it. This week I made soup to eat, last week it was a rice dish. Today because I am lazy it is cheesy rice. Next week possibly wraps although i have some sweet potatoes i have been planning on making gnocci with.

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