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Spier's Crispy Bacon and Shredded Cabbage Salad

Spier share their recipe for Crispy Bacon and Shredded Cabbage Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette.






Crispy bacon is that food that makes everything taste better, whether it is on top of a cupcake, with a side of waffles or, as an ingredient in this crispy bacon and shredded cabbage salad. Toss in a few dried cranberries and add a dash of mustard vinaigrette and you have a dish fit for a queen and topped off with little red jewels. If you want to, double up the punchy vinaigrette, using half of it to dress the salad and serve the rest in a little jug on the side. Serve this wonderful dish along with Spier's Signature Chardonnay/Pinot Noir that has strawberry notes to finish off.







Serves 4




For the vinaigrette:

30 ml lemon juice

30 ml olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely grated

15 ml wholegrain mustard

5-10 ml honey (optional)

salt and pepper


For the salad:

200 g smoked streaky bacon

½ green cabbage, shredded or finely sliced

½ red onion, finely sliced

½ cup dried cranberries

a handful of fresh coriander leaves





For the vinaigrette:

Add all the ingredients to a medium-size jar, then shake vigorously to mix. Serve with the salad below.


For the salad:

Crisp the streaky bacon in a hot frying pan before removing and draining on a piece of absorbent kitchen towel. Once cooled, cut into small chunks and put this into a mixing bowl.

Add the cabbage, red onion, cranberries, half the coriander and half of the chopped bacon to a mixing bowl and use half of the vinaigrette dressing to coat the salad.

Plate the salad and dress with the bacon and coriander and drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over this just before serving.









Chardonnay Wine

The world's most popular wine, Chardonnay is made using green-skinned grapes that give the wine it's crisp, clean and oaky flavour on the pallet. Though not considered a sweet wine, it has a sweetness that resembles various complex fruits, such as the strawberry of Spier Signature Chardonnay, that gives it a sweet aroma rather than taste.



Chardonnay is a versatile wine that can be paired with many dishes and particularly with fresh seafood, a variety of cheeses and an assortment of similar 'weighted' foods such as chicken and pork and other white meats.



Pinot Noir Wine

While Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine, Pinot Noir is the world's preferred red wine. This wine is made from black-skinned grapes to produce a light-bodied wine. Because of the cultivar of grape and difficulty in harvesting, Pinot Noir is one of the most expensive wines to produce. Residual sugars in the wine provide a sweetness of taste yet it is still considered a dry wine.



Pair Pinot Noir with white meats and lighter red meats as well as fish and meals that incorporate earthy vegetables.






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