Thursday, May 24, 2012

Warm Spinach Salad with Grilled Sausage


Warm Spinach Salad with Grilled Sausage || Real Simple, August 2008

Warm Spinach Salad with Grilled Sausage
Serves 4

4 Italian sausages (about 1 pound)
8 plum tomatoes, cut in half crosswise (NOTE: For our family, I would use 4)
1 onion, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rings
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and pepper
3 bunches spinach, thick stems removed (about 8 cups)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

1. Heat grill to medium-high. With a fork, prick the sausages in several places. Grill, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, brush the tomatoes and onion with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

3. Grill vegetables until tender, 5 to 6 minutes per side for the onion and 2 to 3 minutes per side for the tomatoes. Transfer to a bowl as they are done.

4. Add the spinach to the bowl and toss.

5. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

6. Slice the sausages and serve with the vegetables and dressing.

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