If you have been reading Mad in Crafts for a while, you know how I like to make German food. This bacon and wilted greens salad is one of my favorites, but I don’t make it nearly enough. It has the delicious flavors of bacon, onion, and vinegar that you find so often in German food, but over a bed of fresh spinach.
BACON AND WILTED GREENS SALAD
WHAT YOU DO YOU NEED TO MAKE WARM BACON DRESSING
I was strolling past the refrigerated section at Walmart and spotted the same Jimmy Dean® sausage that I used for my sausage burgers and sausage wontons. Thank you to Jimmy Dean® for sponsoring this post.
Did you know that Jimmy Dean® makes bacon too? Jimmy Dean® bacon comes in both hickory and apple-smoked varieties. You can use either kind for this tasty salad recipe. Since the recipe only calls for a few bacon slices, you will enough left for breakfast the next day!
I have only made this recipe with fresh spinach, but I would be willing to bet that it would work well with other sturdy leaf lettuce like kale, chard, argula, or mustard greens. If you try it out, let me know what you think!
HOW DO YOU MAKE WILTED LETTUCE SALAD?
I’ve found that if there is one way to get my kids to eat their veggies, it’s to add some bacon into the mix! This recipe uses rendered bacon fat as the base for a delicious hot dressing.
Watch this short video to see how to put together a salad your family will love. It’s fun to watch the spinach wilt down under the heat of the delicious bacon dressing.
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BACON AND WILTED GREENS RECIPE
Bacon & Wilted Greens SaladPrint Pin
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 medium onion minced
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- salt and pepper to tasted
- 2 quarts baby spinach washed
- Cook bacon in a pan or large skillet until crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towel. Reserve all of the bacon drippings in the pan.
- Fry onion in the bacon fat until soft.
- Add in vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook on medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Place spinach in a large salad bowl.
- Pour the hot bacon dressing over the spinach. Toss to coat. The spinach should wilt under the heat of the dressing.
- Crumble bacon and sprinkle over the salad before serving.
This warm spinach salad is a great side dish for grilled foods in the summer or as a hearty lunch any day. To be completely authentic, you can top the dish with sliced hard-boiled eggs before serving. Be sure to save this recipe to Pinterest so you can find it later!