Wilted Baby Spinach with Dates, Bacon & Mushrooms


The addition of dates to the classic combination of spinach with mushrooms and bacon, makes this recipe extraordinary.

1/4 c. chopped onions
2 lb. sliced mushrooms
1/2 lb. chopped bacon
1/2 c. chopped dates
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. rice vinegar
1 t. salt
1 T. pepper
2 lb. spinach

  • Sauté bacon, onion and olive oil until golden brown
  • Add mushrooms, cook 1 minute
  • Add dates, vinegar, salt and pepper until warm
  • Toss with spinach


Cook’s Tip: By adding more or less spinach, you can either serve this as a salad, topped with Cambozola cheese perhaps, or as a side dish to a main course, as pictured above.

Recipe by Chef Michael Shafer of Depot Restaurant. Thanks, Chef!

You can visit here for more of the Chef’s fabulous recipes.

10 thoughts on “Wilted Baby Spinach with Dates, Bacon & Mushrooms”

  1. Hi Sylvia – I was a little confused by your comment until I visited your blog…in Buenos Aires!
    I hope you enjoy this dish, this summer 🙂

    I’ll stop by often as I enjoyed your recent post on thyme and croquetas. Thanks!

  2. Hi Simona and Maryann – it is fabulous, wish I could take credit for the idea…but it does belong to Chef Shafer. We all thought the addition of dates was brilliant 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Lori…. and this isn’t even your best work! It’s great that this salad is getting a second look through foodbuzz.

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