Hunk of Meat Monday: Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

How do you get your meat and potato loving family members to eat spinach? Add bacon of course! And not only do you add bacon to the salad, but add it to the dressing too.

Bacon on Spinach SaladI am becoming obsessed with hot bacon dressing. Obsessed.

Hot Bacon DressingAnd both began with frying bacon.

frying baconFor a salad that uses a pound of baby spinach, I use a pound of bacon. That is a one to one ratio people. We take our bacon very seriously.

Fried Bacon BitsAnd our bacon grease very seriously. Save that stuff when you are done frying up your bacon. I pour the bacon grease through a strainer that is lined with a coffee filter to help clean out any grit or burnt pieces.

Purify bacon greasebacon greaseThe dressing starts with a third to a half cup of bacon grease. Then add red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, finely diced onion and garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.

bacon dressing ingredientsWhisk together and add a 1/4 cup of water.

Hot Bacon DressingThe salad portion that I use is just baby spinach, tomatoes, red onions and tomatoes.

Spinach SaladI add hard boiled eggs to the top of my salad and drizzle the warm dressing over top.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Divinely flavorful “diet” food.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

A quick and easy salad with a warm dressing that has a mixture of tangy sweetness and salty from the bacon.

Ingredients

    Spinach Salad
  • 1 pound bag of baby spinach
  • 1 red onion, half sliced in 1 in. piece and other half reserved
  • 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 5-6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 pound bacon, fried and crumbled with grease reserved
  • Hot Bacon Dressing
  • 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 red onion finely diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup bacon crumbles from salad

Instructions

  1. Pour spinach into large bowl. Top with Salad toppings except for eggs.
  2. Serve salad in individual bowls. Serve salad topped with eggs and drizzled with dressing.
  3. Dressing
  4. Pour 1/3 cup warm bacon grease through a coffee filter lined strainer into 2 or 4 cup measuring cup.
  5. Add vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.
  6. Saute onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes in a tablespoon of bacon grease. Add onion and garlic to mixture of bacon grease and vinegar.
  7. Whisk together. Add a splash of water if needs to be thinned a bit.
  8. Add bacon crumbles and stir before drizzling over salad.
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What is on your plate this week? I am eating everything topped with bacon dressing:)


Comments

  1. says

    You had me at BACON! :) Can’t wait to make this dressing…yum!

    Thanks for hosting this party. I’m glad to have found your blog! I added my receipt for Crock Pot Chicken (the WHOLE chicken). I hope you enjoy!

    Thanks again,
    Jessica

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