Yields MAKES 6 WRAPS | 30 MINUTES   Total Time 30 mins

“When I was a vegan and seemed to fraternize only with fellow plant eaters, one fact that got tossed around a lot was that Baco-Bits are vegan,” says Danny Seo in his book Naturally, Delicious – 100 Recipes for Healthy Eats that Make You Happy. “The reality is, everybody loves bacon, and we missed its salty, crunchy taste. This is my ode to bacon; who knew strips of coconut could be turned into a savory, protein-packed ‘fakin’ bacon’ treat?”

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 325°. Toss together the coconut, tamari, and paprika*, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Transfer to a cool baking sheet; the “bacon” bits will crisp as they cool.

2

 

Step 2
3

Make the dressing: Warm the oil* and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, carefully add the vinegar. Whisk in the maple syrup and mustard, and season with salt.

4

 

Step 3
5

Divide and arrange spinach, squash, and red onion between 2 plates.

6

 

Step 4
7

Drizzle dressing over spinach to wilt lightly, and sprinkle with coconut “bacon.”

8

 

Ingredients

FOR THE COCONUT “BACON”
 1/4 cup large flaked coconut
 1/2 teaspoon tamari
 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
FOR THE DRESSING
 3 tablespoons coconut oil
 1/2 teaspoon white or black mustard seeds
 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
 1 teaspoon grade B organic maple syrup
 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  Sea salt, to taste
FOR THE SALAD
 4 ounces spinach (not baby, it wilts too quickly), stemmed, washed, and spun dry
 1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled, diced, and roasted
 2 ounces red onion, sliced thinly

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 325°. Toss together the coconut, tamari, and paprika*, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Transfer to a cool baking sheet; the “bacon” bits will crisp as they cool.

2

 

Step 2
3

Make the dressing: Warm the oil* and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, carefully add the vinegar. Whisk in the maple syrup and mustard, and season with salt.

4

 

Step 3
5

Divide and arrange spinach, squash, and red onion between 2 plates.

6

 

Step 4
7

Drizzle dressing over spinach to wilt lightly, and sprinkle with coconut “bacon.”

8

 

Wilted Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon