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Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

After having a salad like this at a restaurant years ago, I came up with this recipe. It is especially good when the spinach comes right from the garden to the table.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, torn
  • 2 hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup salad croutons
  • 6 pitted ripe olives, halved
  • 3 slices red onion, halved
  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Divide spinach between 2 plates. Arrange the eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, croutons, olives and red onion over top.
  • In a small skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender.
  • Stir in the sugar, ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle bacon over salads; drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 367 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 238mg cholesterol, 1178mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Lor
    May 29, 2020

    This salad is absolutely delicious. I served it before the pasta entree and everyone was raving about it even after dessert. I did not include the mushrooms, as one of my people truly hates them. But im sure this is a recipe you can play with a bit. The dressing was divine.

  • kerom
    Oct 5, 2012

    This recipe is awesome! The ingredients are things you have in your pantry and the recipe is quick to make. You can add or subtract anything, and we did add the chicken and it was tasty! We also added a little less sugar, I would start with less and add to taste. Next time, I will double the dressing recipe. It stored well and tasted great when we reheated it and ate it with salads and some meats.

  • Kitty9lives
    Dec 5, 2010

    My husband and I both really enjoyed this salad! I will make a couple of adjustments next time; only 1 Tbls sugar, but 2 Tbls red wine vinegar. I think it could be a complete meal with an addition of grilled chicken. It definitely goes in the keeper file.