Joan Crawford’s Spinach Salad

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Since it’s Sunday, and tonight I’ll be watching FEUD: Bette & Joan on FX, I’m serving up another one of Joan Crawford’s recipes.

This one comes from an article in the November 1, 1965 issue of Vogue.

A Second Fame: Good Food

The article features a number of recipes, but since I already had spinach on hand for Bette Davis’ Spinach-Stuffed Filets (COMING SOON!), Joan’s Spinach Salad was a no-brainer. Also, it’s all of 3 ingredients:

Joan Crawford’s Spinach Salad for four to six
6 cups fresh, young spinach leaves
1 pound bacon
1 cup cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Wash the spinach and place in the refrigerator until crisp. Do not cut leaves. Fry the bacon; drain on stove on paper towels. Save a thin layer of grease in skillet, add 1 cup cider vinegar, warm a second, then pour, hot, on the spinach; season. Break the bacon in small bits and sprinkle on top of the salad. Serve while warm. This can also be made with shredded lettuce or, as in France, with young, tender dandelion greens.

So, it was a spinach salad with a hot-bacon dressing. Which is great. Fabulous.

But what is a spinach salad without red onions and mushrooms and cooked egg? Boring. Good, but kinda boring.

Which is on the other end of the spectrum from her Danti-Chips and French Banana Salad–those two recipes are jsut bonkers!

OK, if I don’t put up another post before then, I’ll definitely be back next Sunday with another FEUD: Bette & Joan inspired dish! I’m thinking a cocktail…

I need more feathers and fur in my life

…one that is Joan-Approved.

And remember that you have until Monday, March 27th to enter the Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway–all you have to do is put “Bette” or “Joan” in the comments section.

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6 Responses to Joan Crawford’s Spinach Salad

  1. Mum says:

    Yes….egg, red onion, gorgonzola, and some mustard!!! Please, Joan Crawford, please. BUT….I love her feather hat.

  2. Bill Opava says:


  3. Monski says:

    Nice to see pictures of the older Joan looking beautiful rather than scary!

  4. Judith Anderson says:


  5. Angie says:

    I guess I’m going to have to start watching these weekly. Lately I’ve been saving a show until it is done on the ol’ DVR and then just binging when I want. The pilot of this was so good I knew I would love it more if I binged it. But I don’t want to miss out on any of your fun so to the TV I go! And that way I don’t have to worry about spoilers.

    • yinzerella says:

      Because of my move and the fact that Comcast is the devil, I haven’t seen the past 2 episodes. Fingers crossed that I can FINALLY get my internet hooked up tonight so I can catch up on Feud. And Legion. And 13 Reasons. And Real Housewives.

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