After Easter this year, I am making a big ol’ spinach salad complete with sliced mushrooms, red onions, chopped bacon and some sliced boiled eggs. Why you ask? Well, I love deviled eggs. But there are just so many of those we can really eat, right? And after a while, I start to feel the same about egg salad.  So this year, I am going all out and doing something completely different with all those leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs. Now stick with me here because this is where this spinach salad idea goes from ho-hum to hey-hey!  Wait for it…  I am going to toss it all in a hot bacon dressing.

Maybe we should just let that sink in for a minute…

Hot. Bacon. Salad. Dressing.

I tease you not, my friends.  This tangy delight, served warm over those bright, crispy spinach greens is no ordinary salad dressing or bacon concoction.  It is something altogether different but still wonderful in that special bacon-ey way we’ve all come to love.  Where are my low carb or Keto friends??

Spinach salad tossed with hot bacon dressing in a large blue bowl.A spinach salad with this hot bacon dressing is something that even my kiddos will eat, especially if I serve it alongside some crispy chicken strips.

So grab those leftover Easter eggs you’ve been giving the evil eye for days now… and some spinach and bacon and do something unexpected.


Hot Bacon Dressing for Spinach Salad

What You’ll Need

  • 5-7 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp shallots, finely chopped (or 1 Tbsp finely chopped green onion and 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic)
  • 1/2 C red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey mustard
  • 8 cups fresh spinach, washed and stems removed
  • 8 oz (about 2 1/2 cups) white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Let’s Get Started

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until slightly crisp.  I use thick sliced bacon for everything because I want to get just as much bacon in every bite that I can.  

Upclose of bacon before it is cooked.

This is also a chance to use my bacon press.  This heavy cast iron helper keeps the bacon from curling and becoming unruly as bacon is wont to do.Bacon frying in a stainless skillet with a bacon press.

When the bacon is cooked, roughly chop it and set it aside for now.

Chopped bacon, red onions, mushrooms, and leaf spinach for a spinach salad on a cutting board with a knife.

Pour off all but 2 Tbsp of bacon grease from the skillet. (I usually dip out 2 Tbsp, then pour off the rest.  It is easier for me to manage the dipping than the funneled pouring.)

Upclose of how to pour off 2 Tbsp of bacon grease to make this salad dressing.

Heat the 2 Tbsp of bacon fat over medium-high heat in the same skillet that you fried the bacon in.  You want to take advantage of all that good bacon-ey stuff on the bottom of the pan called renderings, or meat drippings. (Yes, meat drippings. Bad name. But so darn tasty important.)

Upclose of a stainless skillet with bacon renderings for the hot bacon salad dressing.

Add the shallots. (Or green onions and garlic- A shallot is a small, usually 2 clove, bulb that is something like a cross between a sweet onion and garlic.  So if you can’t find shallots, a mixture of green onions or even Vidalias and garlic is a do-able substitute.) Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Upclose of stainless skillet with chopped shallots sauteing in bacon grease.

Whisk in the vinegar.  It will steam quite a bit, and all that yummy stuff on the bottom of the skillet will start to loosen up.  Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Red wine vinegar being poured into the bacon renderings to make salad dressing.

Whisk in the desired amount of honey mustard.  Make sure that you are using a good honey mustard. The first time I made this, I used some random mustard off the shelf next to the hot dog mustard.  It was worse than not good.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” was being piped in over the grocery store’s sound system.  I got carried away.  Don’t judge.  The chorus is catchy.

Upclose of pouring honey mustard in a skillet to create the base for hot bacon salad dressing.

Upclose of whisk and stainless skillet to show the hot bacon dressing after it has reduced and it ready to serve.

Lastly, salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.

Salad

In a large salad bowl, toss together the spinach, mushrooms, bacon, onion, and sliced egg.

Chopped spinach salad with bacon in a large blue bowl.

Here is a little mushroom tip:  When you buy mushrooms, make sure you choose mushrooms that have tight gills, not gills that are large, open, or pulled away from the stem.  This will ensure that your mushrooms stay fresh longer.

Upclose of mushroom for tips on how to choose a good mushroom at the grocery store.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.  Serve warm.

Spinach salad in a large blue bowl with bacon dressing poured over the top.

Sorry that pic is so crooked.  It’s hard to shovel bacon in your mouth and take photographs at the same time.  But isn’t hot bacon salad dressing divine?  It’s downright egg-cellent in my book  … Sorry, I just couldn’t help it!

Large blue bowl filled with a spinach salad tossed with hot bacon dressing. Great for low carb or Keto dieters.

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Want your own bacon press to help you cook great bacon?  Check out this affiliate link by clicking the pic below!  The round shape is perfect for a skillet.An affiliate link for a round cast iron bacon press for cooking bacon.Need more southern inspiration?  Check out these ASD favorites!

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You can find this and other recipes at Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday!


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