Dress up a spinach salad with this savory vegetarian alternative to bacon

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Whether you're a full-on vegetarian, or just trying to cut back on eating meat, food star Danny Seo's coconut bacon is a delicious alternative to the real thing. For a tropical twist on a spinach salad, try adding this sweet and crunchy topping: simply combine large coconut flakes, tamari, and paprika in a medium-sized bowl, and then bake to a crisp. Nothing beats homemade dressing, and this salad's vinaigrette is no exception. To create a base for the dressing, toast mustard seeds in coconut oil until the seeds pop, mixing in maple syrup, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a pinch of sea salt to taste. Top a bed of spinach with roasted butternut squash, finely sliced red onion, the coconut “bacon,” and the dressing for a meal that’s both savory and sweet.

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