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
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 pound bacon fried and crumbled with grease reserved
  • 5-6 sliced button mushrooms optional

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 a large bowl. Top with Salad toppings except for eggs.
  2. Serve salad in individual bowls. Serve salad topped with eggs and drizzled with dressing.

Dressing

  1. Pour 1/3 cup warm bacon grease through a coffee filter lined strainer into 2 or 4 cup measuring cup.
  2. Add vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Saute onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes in a tablespoon of bacon grease. Add onion and garlic to the mixture of bacon grease and vinegar.
  4. Whisk together. Add a splash of water if it needs to be thinned a bit.
  5. Add bacon crumbles and stir before drizzling over salad.