I love a good salad because of how simple and satisfying it is to make. This Classic Salad with Spinach and Warm Bacon Dressing recipe is a simple spinach salad with a tasty salad dressing.
I enjoy this recipe mostly because of the hot dressing. My family loves it so I make sure to make an extra batch every time. I store the warm vinaigrette in an airtight container and the salad in a separate container to maintain freshness.
There are health benefits of spinach (see the nutrition facts here), The crispy bacon and the taste of the delicious warm bacon dressing make this salad a favorite.
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- Turn ventilation on over the cooktop before adding the red wine vinegar to the skillet. This will lessen the impact of the fumes.
- If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can replace it with feta cheese.
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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking total time: 15-20 minutes
Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Ingredients
- 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1” pieces
- ½ c. Red Onion, diced small
- ¼ c. Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 t. Honey, preferably local
- ½ t. Dijon Mustard
- ¼ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
Salad with Spinach and Warm Bacon Dressing Ingredients
- 4 c. fresh Baby Spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
- 8-10 large fresh strawberries, sliced
- 4 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
How To Make a Salad with Spinach and Warm Bacon Dressing
#1. Fry bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spatula to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot excess grease from bacon with a paper towel and set aside.
#2. Carefully drain and discard all but one tablespoon of bacon grease from the skillet and return to medium-high heat. (Wipe any bacon drippings with a thick, damp cloth to prevent a flare-up if cooking over flame). Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, approximately 4-5 minutes.
#3. Add red wine, honey, and Dijon mustard. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly combined and heated through, approximately 2 minutes.
#4. Reduce heat to low and place bacon strips and extra virgin olive oil into the skillet until combined. Continue simmering on low heat while preparing the salad.
#5. Place spinach, sliced strawberries, cooked bacon, and goat cheese into a large bowl. Pour the warm dressing on top and toss to combine the flavors.
#6. Transfer the Wilted Spinach Salad to a large serving platter or individual plates and serve immediately. Enjoy!
More Salad Recipes to Try
- Panzanella Salad
- Balsamic Steak Salad
- Classic Broccoli Salad
- Peach Blackberry Salad
- Crunchy Celery Apple Salad
- Tortellini Antipasto Pasta Salad
- Couscous with Green Apple Salad
- Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing
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