Natural Grocers Warm Spinach Salad with Shrimp, Bacon, and White Beans

This flavorful salad comes together quickly and makes a hearty, yet healthy, warm winter salad.

4
4 strips Natural Grocers Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon
1 pound raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp, thawed
1 (14-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt and Organic Ground Black Pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1⁄3 cup minced organic shallots
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 tablespoon organic dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Raw and Unfiltered Clover Honey
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
6 cups organic spinach
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until the bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain and reserve all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the pan. Set the reserved bacon grease aside.
  2. Return the skillet to the burner and add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp is just cooked through, 5-6 minutes. Add the beans, stir well, and cook until the beans are heated through, about one minute longer.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp and bean mixture to a large serving bowl or platter. Drain any shrimp juice from the pan and wipe the pan clean with a paper towel.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and add 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease and the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until just translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn the heat off and add the mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk with a fork to combine.
  5. Crumble the bacon while the shallot and garlic cook.
  6. Add the spinach to the bowl with the shrimp and beans, then add the dressing and crumbled bacon. Mix the salad thoroughly with tongs, coating the spinach with the dressing and distributing the ingredients evenly. Taste and season with salt and/or pepper if desired. Serve immediately.