Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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5 slices bacon, roughly chopped

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar or honey

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound spinach (not baby), tough stems removed

2 cups seedless red grapes, halved

4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)

Croutons, for topping


  1. Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 9 to 11 minutes. Remove to paper towels; reserve the drippings in the skillet.
  2. Whisk the vinegar, sugar, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper into the drippings. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  3. Place the spinach in a large bowl and pour the warm dressing on top; add the grapes, blue cheese and the reserved bacon and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Top with croutons.