Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Total Time:
20 min
20 min

4 servings

  • 8 ounces young spinach
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 ounces red onion (1 small), very thinly sliced

Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Place the eggs into an electric kettle and cover with cold water by at least 1-inch. Turn the kettle on. Once the water comes to a boil, the kettle will turn itself off. Leave the eggs in the water for 15 minutes. Remove and peel off the shell. Slice each egg into 8 pieces and set aside.

While the eggs are cooking, fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Transfer the fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

Add the mushrooms and the sliced onion to the spinach and toss. Add the dressing and bacon and toss to combine. Divide the spinach between 4 plates or bowls and evenly divide the egg among them. Season with pepper, as desired. Serve immediately.

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    My husband would give it a 5 star rating. I love spinach salad and the eggs were great but I didn't care so much for the mustard vinaigrette. I added cucumber and grape tomatoes as well as doubled the egg. And we don't eat bacon to I cut that out. I am not a big fan of raw onions but used the mandolin and got them paper thin making them really yummy! in this fresh salad. I could have added more.
    I found the recipe to be perfect. I added the onions to the dressing and finished cooking on low. Then tossed all together! Yum! This is what I was craving.
    i cooked the onions and mushrooms with the bacon. loved it.
    Hit the spot! Very delicious dressing!
    I had trouble with the acidity of this dressing. The 1 to 1 ration seemed a bit high. Next time, I might cut the acid down a bit. Maybe a 3 to 2 ratio would be better? It could also have been the fact that I used a very cheap red wine vinegar. It smelled really high in alcohol (not in a good way) coming out of the bottle. I loved the eggs and mushrooms and red onions. I also put gorgonzola and carrots in it.
    Excellent! My Mother loved this...and she is super picky. I added bay shrimp and this was a hit!
    Great spinach salad w/warm bacon dressing. Serving to 30 - 40 people tonight at our church supper,
    I once substituted maple vinegar for the red wine vinegar, and it was tastier than ever. Mmmm.. bacon... maple.. Now I can't go back to using red wine vinegar, but this recipe is a forever favorite!
    Yes, but I prefer the slight bite of the vinegar. To each their own as said the man who kissed the cow! LOL
    Great meal...add shrimp and you will look like a genius. My English girlfriend protested strenuously when she discovered I had followed Mr. Brown's guidance and cooked the eggs in HER electric kettle...one taste was all it took to silence her. The eggs were cooked to absolute perfection.
    Some bitta a yum!
    Great, like the old fashion german style my mother used to make.
    Such an easy recipe and so yummy!
    Love this bacon dressing recipe! I read through the reviews and decided to only add cut strawberries, and crumbled blue cheese along with the bacon. It got rave reviews at Thanksgiving!!
    Oh yum.
    A great break from lettuce based salads. Reminded me of the spinach salad my aunt used to make when I was a kid in the 1950's. I act as chef on a couple of bareboat charters every year for 25-30 people. Will add this to the menu on our next trip.
    Loved it, had it for lunch and I'll have it again tomorrow, but I will try the feta cheese tomorrow! Great spinach salad!
    This was good but the dressing was definitely missing something. Maybe it needed to be a tad sweeter?? I added feta cheese and strawberries. Nice addition.
    Delicious wouldn't change a thing. thank you Alton Brown
    Good. Not Great. I made as is, but per reviews doubled the dressing and glad I did. Not sure what it was, but the dressing was missing something? Just didn't blow me away. Maybe as others mentioned, the red wine was too overpowering, I was hoping the dressing would be more bacon-y. Oh well, will read other recipes and try to come up with one that 'blows me away'! 
    This recipe was fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly and would not change a thing. I'm usually annoyed by people who rate a recipe lower, but didn't actually follow it. In this case, no alterations needed! I'm actually ashamed to admit that I licked the bottom of my shallow bowl because the dressing was so yummy! For those that like creamy dressings, you may find this has a bit too much acid for you, but try it anyway. With all that bacon grease, this salad is sinfully delicious!
    Very yummy and super easy to bring together. I followed it pretty exactly. I only had to sub white wine vinegar for the red simply because that is what I had on hand. I also followed other recommendations and made more which was a good thing because my husband wanted seconds! Definitely dresses up a meal as opposed to just a tossed salad.
    I knew I would love it but my husband, not really a "foodie," LOVED it! Even if you adjust the ingredients, regular yellow mustard, no mushrooms, as I didn't have them on hand, it tastes great. Who knew hubby would like spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. I didn't tell him about the warm dressing though. I think he thought it was cooked spinach. That works for me!
    This salad was awesome! I am not a "salad person" but needed to make something to accompany Easter dinner. Everyone loved it, especially the warm bacon dressing. The only thing I would tell you is the amount of dressing in the recipe is very small. We only had 3 people and it was just enough for us. It is very rich so you won't want a lot but if serving more than 3 people I would probably make more dressing. Will DEFINITELY make this wonderful salad again!
    I cleaned the spinach, boiled the eggs and fried the bacon in the morning. Then putting this delicious salad together in the evening was a snap. Served it with homemade bread and it was a super light healthy dinner. That's Alton!
    This salad was delicious and everyone raved about it at Easter. I had to play with the dressing slightly by adding a bit more mustard, but the flavor worked very well with the salad. I added craisins and spiced pecans for a wonderful addition. So yummy, will definitely make again!
    I tried this with Bacon Dressing from Stello Foods and it was awesome!
    Amazing! Huge hit with all my boys! The recipe is perfect as is. Don't mess with a good thing.
    One of the best salads I've tasted
    Loved it. Had never made this before. I used leaf lettuce out of my garden instead of spinach. I will definitely make this again.
    Made this yesterday. Total old school classic! A small diced tomato and shredded leftover chicken improved matters. Nice and wholesome salad for lunch or light dinner.
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