Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Spinach Salad with Bacon

This spinach salad combines crispy thick-cut bacon, mushrooms, and soft-boiled eggs with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Pair with a rotisserie chicken and dinner is done!

spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

If there’s one thing that gets everyone in my family circling the kitchen like sharks at dinnertime, asking “Whatcha makin’?” it’s the smell of bacon sizzling on the stovetop. This spinach salad with crispy thick-cut bacon, boiled eggs, mushrooms, and a warm bacon vinaigrette pairs well with a store-bought rotisserie chicken or pan-seared salmon. It’s also wonderful with potato leek soup. To save time, use pre-washed baby spinach, pre-sliced mushrooms, and even pre-cooked boiled eggs, if you like — and pick up a fresh baguette to round out the meal.

What you’ll need to Make Spinach Salad with warm Bacon dressing

How to Make Spinach Salad with Bacon

Before making the salad, you’ll need to boil the eggs. I love soft-boiled eggs (for directions, click here), but hard-boiled eggs (for directions, click here) are equally delicious.

how to make spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

Begin by frying the bacon in a nonstick skillet, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. While the bacon cooks, start the dressing: in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

When the bacon is done, use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.

how to make spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl, then return 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat to the skillet. Add the shallots to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Do not brown.

Add the bacon fat and shallots from the skillet to the vinegar mixture and whisk to combine.

how to make spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

Add the spinach and mushrooms.

Toss to coat evenly, then taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.

Divide the salad between 4 plates or bowls; evenly divide the egg and cooked bacon among them. Serve immediately.

spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This spinach salad combines crispy thick-cut bacon, mushrooms, and soft-boiled eggs with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Pair with a rotisserie chicken and dinner is done!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots, from 1 to 2 shallots
  • 2½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons honey
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Several grinds fresh black pepper
  • 6 oz (about 8 cups) baby spinach
  • 8 oz white button or baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 hard or soft boiled eggs, thinly sliced or cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Place the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet and fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. While the bacon cooks, start the dressing: in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.
  4. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl, then return 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat to the skillet. (You can discard the remaining bacon fat or save it if you'd like it for cooking.) Add the shallots to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Do not brown.
  5. Add the bacon fat and shallots from the skillet to the vinegar mixture and whisk to combine. Add the spinach and mushrooms and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Divide the salad between 4 plates or bowls; evenly divide the egg and cooked bacon among them. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 338
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Sodium: 505 mg
  • Cholesterol: 157 mg

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  • Love this. It was awesome. I have tried a few other spinach salad recipes and some use way too much bacon grease. Yours is the perfect combination and my husband loved it too. Your recipes always take it to perfection. Hugs, Belinda

    • — Belinda on January 20, 2022
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  • soo good and relatively easy:)

    • — Kathleen Pancini on December 12, 2021
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  • Do you think the dressing could be made in advance, then warmed prior to serving? Thanks!

    • — Aya on December 1, 2021
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    • Sure, I think that would work. Hope you enjoy!

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  • Absolutely super easy and so YUMMY!

    • — Kelly A Saraceno on October 18, 2021
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