Sunday was a perfect day for a picnic! After rain and floods all day Saturday, Pam, Kasia, Taylor and I headed to Old Town Alexandria for a relaxing day on along the river. We had planned a picnic and I knew this salad would be perfect from the moment I saw it here. I adore How Sweet's obsession with bacon. And chocolate. And basically wish I could eat everything she cooks....like this salad.
1 sliced red onion
8 large strawberries
8 cups fresh spinach
3 cloves of minced garlic
4 strips of turkey bacon
3/4 cup cooked wheat berries
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese
fresh basil to garnish
|smoked turkey bacon sizzling away|
After crisping up the bacon, I sauteed the walnuts in the "bacon fat" which was basically non-existent because turkey is so healthy. After about 5 or 6 minutes of toasting the walnuts, I removed them from the pan and caramelized the red onion and garlic. I added some olive oil to facilitate the process. Once the onion was brown and beautiful, I added the crumbled bacon, walnuts, spinach, strawberries and cooked wheat berries. I finished the salad with feta and fresh basil.
All ready for the picnic!
The best part? Pinot Noir we bought from a specialty wine store on our stroll to the water, which we drank out of insulated styrofoam coffee cups (thanks walgreens). The view of the river was awesome, but the grass was soggy due to the heavy rains and flooding the night before. We worked it out by scoring a semi secluded spot along a paved path.
Later we checked out the Torpedo Factory, a local art museum and gallery.
The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling in and out cute little shops. I randomly found an awesome dress that is perfect for a wedding rehearsal/cinco de mayo celebration in Vegas!
|Yeah South Dakota!|
I can't wait to go back Old Town for some wine tasting and exploration!