Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.

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SHRIMP and SPINACH SALAD

Applebee's Shrimp and Spinach Salad Copycat Recipe



Shrimp, peppers, onions and fresh spinach tossed with hot bacon vinaigrette and almonds.

MAKES  2 large dinner salads

BACON VINAIGRETTE
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/4 cup finely minced cooked bacon (3 or 4 slices)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

SALAD
1 package of baby spinach
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/4 onion, sliced
1 tomato, cubed
sliced almonds, to taste

MEAT and SEASONINGS
1/2 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveinded
seasonings of your choice

Make the Dressing
Combine bacon with 1/4 cup of the oil in a small saucepan.Place the pan over medium heat and when it begins to bubble, set your time for 1 minute. After a minute, remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 3-4 minutes.
Dissolve the cornstarch in the vinegar and whisk the mixture into the oil and bacon ,along with the sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and liquid smoke.
Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of oil into the saucepan while whisking.
Grill the Shrimp
Place the shrimp in and seasonings a plastic food storage bag. Shake to coat with spices. Thread the shrimp onto wooden skewers. Grill in a George Foreman indoor grill until the shrimp turn pink.
Build the Salad
Place the spinach on a large plate. Add the other sliced vegetables. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and place on top of the salad. Sprinkle on the sliced almonds. Pour hot bacon vinaigrette over the whole plate.

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