Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
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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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I love this dressing with a few modifications.  I never get enough rendered bacon fat to make three tablespoons.  So, I make up the difference with sesame oil.  The toasty oil really adds to the dressing.<br /><br />And, I have a basic red wine vinegar and I find that it is way too harsh.  I prefer using a nicer quality champagne vinegar instead.  Even apple cider vinegar lends itself better than my cheap red vinegar.<br /><br />I also finely dice a few tablespoons of red onion and cook them until translucent in the rendered bacon fat before whisking in the other ingredients.  If I have danish blue on hand, that gets crumbled and put on top the salad after plating.  Blue cheese goes nicely with this salad.<br /><br /><br /><br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bacon grease salad.  blech.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent as written. Make sure to dissolve the sugar completely and you can always add a pinch more if it's too tangy. I added toasted pine nuts for an additional textural element and it was fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
not enough dressing at all. very dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good but a little too tangy for me. Next time I will cut back on the red wine vinegar and maybe up the sugar just a tad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i cooked the onions and mushrooms with the bacon. loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hit the spot! Very delicious dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! My Mother loved this...and she is super picky. I added bay shrimp and this was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great spinach salad w/warm bacon dressing. Serving to 30 - 40 people tonight at our church supper, item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Some bitta a yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, like the old fashion german style my mother used to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such an easy recipe and so yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it, had it for lunch and I'll have it again tomorrow, but I will try the feta cheese tomorrow! Great spinach salad! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious wouldn't change a thing. thank you Alton Brown item not reviewed by moderator and published
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&amp;#39;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 &amp;#39;blows me away&amp;#39;! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly and would not change a thing. I&amp;#39;m usually annoyed by people who rate a recipe lower, but didn&amp;#39;t actually follow it. In this case, no alterations needed! I&amp;#39;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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this with Bacon Dressing from Stello Foods and it was awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! Huge hit with all my boys! The recipe is perfect as is. Don't mess with a good thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best salads I've tasted item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. Had never made this before. I used leaf lettuce out of my garden instead of spinach. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soooooo good! Will definitely use this recipe again, especially when I want to impress guests! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! I used honey dijon mustard as that's what I had in the house. This dish was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! To feed a larger family, I doubled everything (salad and dressing except for the red wine vinegar based on a few other reviews who said it was too vinegary. Loved this! Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am making this tonight. I have had something very similar in a restaurant and I've craved it ever since! Very glad to see this online. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe, especially when spinach is not my favorite. I used Sheller and Weber double smoked bacon (less grease, adds a smokey taste. Had to omit the mushrooms to my husband joy. I also used shallots instead of red onion. The dressing reminded me of one of our favorite restaurants in NYC: Quartorze Bistro which served the most outrages " Chicory With bacon and hot vinaigrette salad". item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not sure where to begin! Too salty, too vinegary and too oily. My husband and I couldn't have more than one bite and we unfortunately had to throw it away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We were mildly impressed with it. It was WAY too vinegary for us so I ended up having to add a lot of sweet to to balance it essentially twice the amount he put in, but instead of sugar we added honey which seemed to fix it. Except for the sugar I went with the recipe 100% and at most it deserves 2 stars. It was a good start, just not a good dressing, not as is. A good dressing should be tangy, not harsh and bitter and shouldn’t overpower all the other ingredients including the spinach. Plus the amount above is way less than would be appropriate for more than two people, so if you have three, four or more doubling would be necessary. Also, like other comments a nice touch would be any additional add-ins, raisins-flavored or otherwise, nuts of some kind, cranberries would be awesome as well. I’m on the search for an awesome spinach salad dressing recipe and this just was not it. I’ll keep looking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once you get the cooking pattern down....the results are awesome! Very, very good and not too complicated for us simple folks that love to cook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent salad. The dressing was wonderful, though it didn't make as much as I would have thought. I also added feta and walnuts to the salad. My husband and I loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and easy to assemble. Great for no carb diets!! Loved it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good salad; very simple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My finance devoured it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first like for my 3rd try on an Alton recipe.(And I really like Alton I give it a 5! Very tasty with healthy ingredients(ok, a diet of bacon fat isn't the healthiest. But the dressing really took the strong taste of spinach away. It's great to have another choice besides a red leaf salad or the work of a chopped salad item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really love how it was done. So mouth-watering!And FYI, I am nuts about food and always bake and cook every chance that I get! Every Sunday is the ideal day for baking and cooking such. I really made sure that it is nutritious and even mix herbs with it for a unique tang! Make sure to log on at Gourmandia for more unique recipes that can really leave you riveting! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What can I say about this? Alton you rock! This was fabulous! It reminded me of those great spinach salads I used to get in the best restaurants in town! I tried it initially exactly as per your recipe, and loved it. However I make it often now since I can toss it together quickly. I now omit the hard boiled eggs... but I have added toasted pine nuts to the recipe, and it it wonderful! Hint: We always save our bacon grease into a corning ware dish (and keep in the fridge, we strain it through a "Basket-style Gold Tone Permanent Filter" to get rid of all the browned bits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good combo, amounts, and dressing. I would make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I've tried alternative versions, and here is the latest: For the dressing I added a little bit of honey along with a bit of brown sugar (minus the white sugar altogether and tossed it with the spinach, red onion, bacon, walnuts, golden raisins and goat cheese. Left out the egg this time. Fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I actually just used the dressing part of this (and the spinach, of course. I substituted white wine vinegar for red wine, though. Instead of the egg, onion and 'shrooms, I did goat cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries. OMG! So good! Will be making this again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious. the instructions for peeling he hard-cooked egg without taking hunks out of the white were great. All made better because Alton is a Peach! item not reviewed by moderator and published
VERY GOOD. my husband dislikes raw red onions, so i used french-fried onions that we had in the pantry. the dressing was very tasty, although i added a little extra sugar (about 1tsp because i thought it was too vinegar-y. im definitely saving this recipe to my favorites to use always. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome salad!! I had tried a similar salad at a fancy restaurant a few weeks before loved the flavor combo. I followed the recipe almost exactly, but did have to tweak it a bit with the ingredients I had on hand. I don't keep regular bacon, but when I do cook it, I keep some of the grease in the fridge for recipes. I used my stored grease &amp; substituted the crumbled bacon for Bac-os that I keep in the fridge, too. As for the sugar, I substituted for 2 teaspoons Stevia. I didn't have any red wine vinegar, so I used apple cider vinegar &amp; about a cup of red wine (a bottle that I was enjoying while cooking. = I also added some tomatoes when I tossed the salad together. My hubby is usually not a salad eater, but he LOVED this salad &amp; finished every bite! I served it along with some homemade Crab Cakes I made with Panko...another awesome recipe. Unless you are just bad in the kitchen, this is a "No-Brainer"; very easy &amp; loved by all!!! Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good for Paleo!! In place of the sugar I "steeped" dried bing cherries in the bacon fat/vinegar shortly before serving. I also added some toasted pecans. The kids LOVED it (especially since I served the mushrooms on the side, lol : Thanks Alton, super easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a keeper! A perfect "paleo" meal, minus the sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has been in our family favorites for many years, about 65-75 years to be sure. Just never added any mushrooms. Good to see the recipe come back into rotation for everyone to enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton is the bomb. Loved this recipe. Perfect.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Try tossing some dried cranberries in for a little color and tartness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of our favorites. This recipe is easy and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply Delicious!!! Alton never disappoints us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! Instead of the white mushrooms I used wild mushrooms added a meaty/woodsy flavor that went great with the vinegar. Speaking of which I used 2/3's red wine and 1/3 balsamic, delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and easy to make! I Will definitely make it again! I added Gorgonzola cheese and it paired very well! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We enjoyed this salad very much. Easy to make, we'll definitely make it again. This recipe-MASARAP! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a work lunch potluck, it was loved by all, and my boss asked for the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. My husband is not a salad eater, but he enjoyed this one. I was concerned about not having enough dressing, so I tripled most of the ingredients: Instead of 1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar, I used 3 Tablespoons of Pompeian Pomegranate Red Wine Vinegar, instead of 3 teaspoons of sugar, I reduced it to 2 ¼ teaspoons, and instead of 1½ teaspoon of mustard, I increased it to 2 ½ teaspoons of grey poupon. I still used eight slices of bacon, which rendered enough fat for the recipe, but I guess that will depend on the bacon you use. Instead of 4 large white mushrooms, I used 3 large portabella's thinly sliced (the only mushrooms I had on hand. Everything else on the recipe remained the same. However, the next time I try this recipe (and it will be soon, I will try adding 1/8 teaspoon of finely minced garlic for additional flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Looooooved it! I added 1 more teaspoon of sugar to mild out the vinegar. Was DELISH!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
wasn't my favorite spinach salad that I've eaten. It was a very strong vinager dressing, although, once I tossed the bacon in, flavors leveled out to be tasty. I'll keep this recipe in my collection. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved it! I didn't have mushrooms at all, but added mandarin oranges. I found the dressing as written to be a little too tangy for my taste so I needed to add sweetness. The oranges worked great! I did feel a little guilty about the bacon grease, so I'm going to try using less and adding olive oil next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We make this all the time. I like to saute the onions at the end of cooking the bacon and then make the dressing in the same pan. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the bottled stuff today so I checked online and found this. I had pancetta instead of bacon which yielded less fat so I top it off with a little olive oil. I would like to think this lightened it up a bit, but I think it just made me feel better about the bacon fat. Great recipe, tasty and easy. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was ridiculously tasty! Very easy to make and goes together fast and the flavor is incredible. Great way to dress up a spinach salad...the only thing I changed was to sautee the onions and mushrooms in the leftover bits of dressing in the pan to soften them and give them the flavor of the dressing...it tasted fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I usually tinker with recipes based on the reviews, but this one I followed as is and it was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Served it with a special vegetable &amp; beef soup to my wife. We both loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves warm bacon dressing over spinach, and this one is as good as what we get in any restaurant. Great flavors. We will make this again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this salad was delicious!! My husband and I had it for dinner last night and he loved it. I used turkey bacon since that's what I had, I did add a little bit of olive oil to have some "grease" for the dressing. Also, I didn't have dijon mustard so I just used spicy brown. Whoever says that this salad is not flavorful has obviously done something wrong or is just plain a bad cook =D item not reviewed by moderator and published
Found the reviews very interesting. Why the hugh range of ratings? I thought this was the perfect Wilted Spinach salad. My kids (34 and 35) went back for THIRDS. My bride (usually very picky) also loved it. Maybe they were all starving?? Very easy to make. Describing how to boil the eggs was bizarro. [Today, I'll try to make the eggs in my rice cooker and see if that works for automatic "turn off." Just for kicks. This is what retired men do!!] I also threw into the salad some tomatoes that were ready to go moldy (LOL). Doubled up on the sugar and bacon fat and vinegar. Just too too easy to make not to try once. Cheerio! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Saw this recipe &amp; realized that I hadn't had this type of salad since I was a kid. Made it this evening for dinner &amp; it was great. It's a definite "do over" at our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up eating spinach salads just like this...my mom made them all the time. All the ingredients are the same EXCEPT for the dressing. Which, I gotta say, is pretty important. The dressing is just meeeh. I couldn't get a hold of my mom for her dressing recipe but I'm wishing I would have winged it...if I remember correctly, it has fat (bacon or some kind of oil), ketchup (I know it sounds weird, just do it), honey, red wine vinegar, worchestershire sauce and salt. This dressing has WAAAAAY more flavor. Sorry, Alton, I love you, but I guess you can't be perfect all the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loved it!! I didn't make the whole salad, but made the dressing. I cut some of the fat, by using turkey bacon, and only using ham fat from a broth. It was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this salad it is very light..when your not in the mood for starchy stuff..I do add a teaspoon of honey and double the recipe for the dressing..the honey thickens it a bit..also instead of dijon mustard mykids like the goldens spicy brown mustard..great way to get them to eat spinach..thanks alton item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe did not turn our well at all! I had to add an additional teaspoon of sugar to dressing to even eat it. I might try this recipe again using more flavorful/expensive bacon to see if I can improve. Alton's recipes are usually great but this one might be a dud. I'll have to repeat the experiment! PS. Hey Alton, love you and your show but we all don't have scales in our kitchens so please use alternate measure methods. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You've got to be kidding! This receipe belongs on Foodnetworks "Worse Cooks" show. philnm item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great Salad ! Excellent comination of flavours ! This recipe is a keeper. Added some tomatoes to salad and teaspoon of liquid honey to dressing. Sauteed canned mushrooms and added to dressing mixture because I did'nt have fresh mushrooms. Thanks Food Network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This really brought back memories of long ago when my mom used to pick dandelion from the yard and put hot bacon dressing on it! The flavors are awesome! Use caution though adding the vinegar to the hot grease...lots of platter! Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the salad but heated the bacon oil too high and added the vinegar and caused a mess...I think the recipe could be doubled for the salad unless you like very lightly dress salad...perfect balance item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have found this salad to be very versatile in that it is great as written or it can be dressed up with strawberries and goat cheese or cranberries and turkey. I have also made the bacon in the microwave and made the dressing at room temperature. Great balance of flavors. This is my go to recipe for spinach salad now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This spinach salad is delicious and it is incredibly easy. My husband and I loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled everything in this recipe and it was a hit with our guests! I put in a medium red onion (it was very fresh with a strong scent and flavor) and it was plenty. A large onion would be too much if doubling this recipe. I item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added gorgonzola cheese crumbles to the top for some extra flair. Seems like it would work with crumbled goat or feta as well. Easy and fast item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect in every way. Added garlic to the dressing which I can do without next time around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When less is more...simply scrumptous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fantastic salad! I had to sub white onion for red, but other then that followed the recipe. The flavors blended together so wonderfully and it was so easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
kudos alton, it was awesome. dave from ny, thanks for posting your version, will try that one as well. the beauty of food tv and posts like this. diversity. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time EVER that my husband and I have eaten spinach and it was delicious! I am 42 yrs. old and thought I didn't like it, but I was wrong! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made this type of salad before but it was absolutely delicious! There wasn't quite enough dressing for me but I just added a little more red wine vinegar and dijon to make more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for lunch today, and it was good, but not my favorite. With all the bacon, eggs, and then the bacon fat in the dressing, I just don't think this recipe is worth the calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We enjoy this too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, but I prefer the slight bite of the vinegar. To each their own as said the man who kissed the cow! LOL item not reviewed by moderator and published

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