This wilted spinach salad doesn’t follow the bacon-and-egg tradition but it’s big on flavor with rich sherry vinegar, a touch of smoky paprika and briny olives.
Place spinach in a large bowl.
Place shallot, vinegar and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the liquid is nearly evaporated. Add almonds and paprika (if using) and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in broth and olives and bring to a simmer. Immediately pour the dressing over the spinach and toss until slightly wilted.
Note: Baby spinach is immature or young spinach—it’s harvested earlier than large-leaved mature spinach. We like the sturdy texture of mature spinach in cooked dishes and serve tender, mild-flavored baby spinach raw or lightly wilted. Baby and mature spinach can be used interchangeably in these recipes (yields may vary slightly); be sure to remove the tough stems from mature spinach before using. Weights & Measures: 10 ounces trimmed mature spinach=about 10 cups raw, 10 ounces baby spinach=about 8 cups raw