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Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

This warm, hearty spinach and bacon salad offers comfort at any meal. The glossy dressing features a hint of celery seed for a special touch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water


  • Place spinach in a large salad bowl; set aside. In a small nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain.
  • In the drippings, saute onion until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, celery seed and pepper. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; pour over spinach and toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 97 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • Laura
    Sep 4, 2020

    This was such a good salad! Very quick and easy to prepare and will definitely be saving this recipe. I’m thinking of adding walnuts and/or dried cranberries to add some variety so that I can serve it often!

  • debs951
    Nov 27, 2019

    Now my MOST requested salad for Thanksgiving!! Love it (just as written)!!

  • shewatchesstars
    Sep 13, 2017

    This was excellent! I added 3/4 c. Half red onion/half shallot and used dijon mustard instead of the ground mustard because its what I had.

  • lydiawoz
    Apr 3, 2013

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  • jamieldays
    Jan 11, 2011

    Delicious! This was my first time ever having this and I love it.

  • chefatheart
    Aug 24, 2010

    Awesome! This is a great recipe to make with your family or for guests. It was loved by all!

  • FACSteacher
    Jan 25, 2010

    Love this recipe! Great flavors with fresh spinach from my garden.