Salmon and Golden Beet Salad with Crisp Bacon

for 4 servings

    • 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

Cooking Instructions

  1. 1Preheat 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. 2Cook bacon on another baking sheet until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate; let drain.

  3. 3Place 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. 4Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil until emulsified.

  5. 5Place 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.