Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

This Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing recipe features fresh spinach and a flavorful tangy hot bacon dressing. Add in some thinly sliced onions and a few hard-boiled eggs to round it out for a tasty light supper, or a fresh side dish. And while this salad is good to eat all year round, it’s especially good for a spring tonic after a long and dreary winter, or in the fall when the spinach from the garden is sweet and tender. (And if you love fresh salads, check out my recipe for Cherry Pecan Broccoli Salad.)

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach salad with hot bacon dressing is a classic American salad that’s hearty and satisfying. The crisp spinach leaves are tossed in a warm, creamy dressing made with bacon fat, vinegar, and sugar (or substitute honey or maple syrup). The dressing is also thickened with a small amount of flour, which gives it a smooth and rich consistency. The result is a sweet, salty, sweet, tart, and smoky dressing that hits all of the flavor notes. 

And if you’re unfamiliar with a hot dressing on a salad, this may sound like a very strange kind of salad indeed. But let me tell you, it’s really very delicious (I mean, it does have bacon in it after all!) And though the hot dressing is actually intended to wilt the greens a bit, if you prefer your greens more on the crisp side, just allow the dressing to cool a bit first and serve it just slightly warm.

A word about the History of Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing…

This salad most likely originated with German immigrants to the U.S. in the 1800s. I’ve seen very similar recipes for this type of salad in both Amish and southern Appalachian cooking (where dandelion greens are often used instead of spinach). As far as recipes go, the first known recipe for Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing appeared in 1896 in The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Farmer. If you love old cookbooks like I do, I recommend picking up a copy. 

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Cook’s Tips:

  • When cooking the bacon, cook it as crisp as you like, then quickly remove it from the heat before you get a lot of burned, blackened bits in your skillet (because you don’t want burned bacon bits in your dressing.) If you really want a nice clear dressing, you can strain the rendered fat through a sieve lined with a coffee filter (but seriously, I would only do this step if I’m expecting company for dinner or preparing this dressing for a holiday.)
  • This is a traditional sweet and sour dressing that does use quite a bit of sugar. If you are limiting your sugar, just use the sugar substitute of your choice. You can use a natural sugar like honey or maple syrup, but just know that it will change the flavor of the dressing. And if you prefer a less sweet dressing, simply cut back the amount of sugar to suit your taste. 
  • This dressing uses eggs as an ingredient in the dressing, so when you add the dressing mixture to the hot bacon drippings in the skillet, make sure to whisk constantly, or you may end up with a few scrambled egg bits. (But if you do happen to end up with a few scrambled egg bits in your dressing, don’t even worry about it – it will still be delicious and no one will even notice!)
  • If you like your spinach greens wilted, immediately mix the hot dressing into the greens (this is how I like it). If you prefer your greens more on the crisp side, allow the dressing to cool until it is just a little warm, and serve it on the side of the salad.

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Spring Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


This Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing is filled with fresh, tender spinach greens and topped with an flavorful hot bacon dressing. It’s perfect for a light lunch or a side dish at dinner.


Units Scale
  • 8 cups of fresh spinach (you can also use other greens like baby kale, Swiss chard, arugula, or dandelion)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered or sliced (I like to top the salad with hard-boiled egg wedges, but it’s optional)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Place greens in a large salad bowl and set aside while you make the dressing.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together, then add the vinegar, water, and salt. Whisk until well-blended. Set aside while you cook the bacon.
  3. Cook the bacon pieces in a skillet until it reaches your desired level of crispness. Remove the skillet from heat and use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked bacon pieces to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Spoon off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon fat from the skillet. Return the skillet to medium-low heat and stir the tablespoon of flour into the bacon fat. Cook and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Add the vinegar mixture to the pan. Whisk constantly, allowing the mixture to thicken and come to a slight bubble (this should only take 1-2 minutes). If the dressing seems too thick at this point, add a few tablespoons of water.
  6. Remove the dressing from the heat and stir in half of the reserved cooked bacon. Serve dressing hot over greens, or allow to cool and serve warm.
  7. Top salad with remaining cooked bacon.
  8. Add hard-boiled eggs and sliced onions to salad, if desired.
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Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing



  • Sharon
    February 29, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I grew up in rural northern New Jersey and eastern Pa and we put hot bacon dressing on a lot of things! My favorite is using it as a hot dip for baby carrots or snow peas. My Irish boyfriend thinks it’s a variation of the classic Italian bread dip!

    • Melissa
      March 1, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      The dip idea sounds really good (both for vegetables and Italian bread) – I’ll have to try that! I also find that hot bacon dressing makes a very good potato salad. Thanks for sharing and I hope you come back and visit again soon!

  • Miz Helen
    March 3, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations! Your awesome Spring Greens With Hot Bacon Dressing will be featured on Full Plate Thursday,474. Thanks so much for sharing with us and sure hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      March 8, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen! 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    March 17, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    We featured your delicious Spring Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing on Full Plate Thursday, 579. I just pinned your awesome post and hope you will come back soon!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      March 19, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen! Hope you have a great weekend!


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