Summer entertaining should be simple, stress-free and yummy. This recipe accomplishes all three. A twist on the classic spinach salad, this make – ahead dish can even be doubled serve a large crowd! The sweet peas are a nice contrast to the smokey bacon and the bite of onion. Serve on its own or pair with grilled chicken or fish – either way, it will quickly become a favorite!
Layered Overnight Summer Salad
1 bag (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
4 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup sliced onion (I used yellow onions, but red would be great here)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise (for my homemade version see here)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 ounces frozen peas, thawed
In a glass bowl, layer spinach,eggs, bacon, mushrooms and onion. Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Spread over salad. Sprinkle with cheese. Chill for 12 hours or overnight. Just before serving, add peas and toss.
What are your favorite summer entertaining dishes? Do you make them ahead or is cooking part of the entertaining? I’d love to hear from you!