Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Tip: Turn ventilation on over the cooktop before adding the red wine vinegar to the skillet. This will lessen the impact of the fumes.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 4


Hot Bacon Dressing Ingredients:

  • 6 slices Thick-cut bacon, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 cup Red onion, diced small
  • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Honey, preferably local
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cup Baby spinach, rinsed and patted dry
  • 8-10 Large fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oz Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Add bacon to a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer cooked bacon with a slotted spatula to a plate lined with paper towels. Blot excess grease from bacon with a paper towel and set aside.
  • Carefully drain and discard all but one tablespoon bacon grease from the skillet and return to heat. (Wipe any drips with a thick, damp cloth to prevent a flare-up if cooking over a flame). Add the red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • 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 2minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir bacon and extra virgin olive oil into the skillet until combined. Continue simmering on low heat while preparing the salad.
  • Add the baby spinach, sliced strawberries, and goat cheese to a large mixing bowl. Pour hot bacon dressing on top and toss to combine. Transfer salad to a large serving platter or individual chilled plates and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Keyword Wilted Spinach Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

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