Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

02.26.2015

This Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing is sure to convert even the pickiest of eaters into salad lovers. This filling salad is topped with boiled eggs, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, red onion, croutons, and crumbled bacon. The best spinach salad ever? I think so! 

spinach salad with warm bacon dressing topped with cheese, eggs, mushrooms, bacon, croutons, and onions

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

You can never go wrong with bacon, and a fair amount of it. There’s just no other food like it. It has that unique melt-in-your mouth crunch, a delicious slow-smoked depth of flavor and a crave-worthy saltiness.

We are always fighting for the last slice at my house. I try not to live on the stuff — if only it were as healthy as fresh veggies, then I would!

This spinach salad with warm bacon dressing is all about the bacon. It’s definitely the highlight here, and then everything added was to complement its flavors. Swiss cheese, eggs, mushrooms, red onion and croutons all pair well with bacon. Then, of course, spinach salads and bacon are a no brainer, those not so crunchy leaves need a little somethin somethin.

Like most easy salad recipes I share, this makes a big salad. I like to serve them as a main dish. But if you’ll only be serving one or two people, definitely split it. Then add the dressing just before serving in case you happen to have some left over.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing in a large white bowl

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing Ingredients

Unsure how to make warm bacon dressing for this spinach salad? Don’t fret, it’s really easy! For this filling salad recipe, you’ll need:

  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Baby spinach
  • Button mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Swiss cheese
  • Croutons
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

  • Make the warm bacon dressing. Whisk together bacon drippings with browned bits, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon and honey. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let that simmer over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Stir in crumbled bacon and allow to cool slightly.
  • Toss together spinach, bacon, mushrooms, red onion, and Swiss. Drizzle with warm bacon dressing and toss.
  • Add eggs and croutons to top and serve.

warm bacon dressing in a glass jar

Does it Matter What Type of Bacon I Use?

For the warm bacon dressing, I recommend using a traditional pork bacon. I haven’t tested this recipe with alternatives like turkey bacon, so I’m not sure how this bacon dressing would turn out if you used a different kind of bacon.

Can I Use Another Leafy Green Instead of Spinach?

Yes, of course. Feel free to use whatever greens you have on hand with this warm bacon dressing.

How to Store Warm Bacon Dressing

If you don’t think you’ll be able to finish this spinach salad with warm bacon dressing in one sitting, don’t pour all of the dressing on top at once. You’ll need to store the bacon dressing leftovers in the fridge and reheat it on the stove when you’re ready to finish it.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing in a white bowl

Tips for the Best Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

  • Allow the bacon dressing to cool slightly before pouring it over the spinach salad, otherwise you run the risk of burning your mouth and/or wilting the spinach leaves.
  • Use bacon that isn’t flavored for the best results. You want a regular pork bacon for this recipe.
  • Store the dressing and salad fixings separately in the fridge if you have leftovers. Otherwise the salad will wilt.

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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

5 from 4 votes

An incredibly delicious bacon and egg loaded spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing. The perfect savory side salad!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bacon , cooked (drippings and browned bits from pan reserved), crumbled, divided
  • 5 large eggs , boiled, peeled and sliced
  • 9 oz baby spinach
  • 6 oz button mushrooms , sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion , thinly sliced (run under cool water to remove harsh bite)
  • 1 cup shredded or finely cubed swiss cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade or store bought croutons (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp reserved bacon drippings with browned bits
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a skillet whisk together bacon drippings with browned bits, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer over medium heat 1 minute. Stir in 2 slices crumbled bacon. Allow to cool slightly.

  2. Assemble the salad: In a large salad bowl, toss together spinach, remaining bacon, mushrooms, red onion and swiss. Drizzle with warm dressing and toss. Add eggs and croutons to top and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Use bacon that isn't flavored for the best results. You just want a regular pork bacon for this recipe. 
  • Store the dressing and salad fixings separately in the fridge if you have leftovers. Otherwise the salad will wilt. 
  • Recipe source: inspired by Food Network
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Dressing, Spinach Salad
Author: Jaclyn

35 comments

  • Andrea: Can the dressing be warmed up and used the next day? February 3, 2019 at 8:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes. February 3, 2019 at 10:34am Reply

  • Elvia: Delicious…. December 27, 2018 at 2:11am Reply

  • Lindsey: Do you use all the bacon grease that’s left over after cooking the bacon? Or what do you mean by bacon drippings! Thanks! August 29, 2018 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes bacon grease left over from cooking bacon :). Some call it bacon grease some bacon drippings and some rendered fat.
      And you’ll use 3 tbsp of it. September 12, 2018 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Tammy: Made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I omitted the mushrooms (personal preference) and used the Feta I already had on hand and then tossed in a handful of fresh blueberries. Soooo good! July 21, 2018 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Crystal: This dressing is absolutely amazing! Making it for the 3rd time tonite!!! I double it just so I can have twice as much! April 29, 2018 at 4:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoy it Crystal – thanks for leaving a comment! May 1, 2018 at 12:47pm Reply

  • Barbara: This salad is amazing! Nuff said! February 4, 2018 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Barbara! February 5, 2018 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Tara: Minus the croutons and this is a very healthy Ketogenic meal option. I love spinach salads and now I will have to make this today. Thanks for sharing! January 21, 2018 at 8:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the review! January 23, 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

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