Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

by0| PUBLISHED Sep 21, 2012 8:00 AM
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

A descendent of the sauce used in classic German potato salad, a rich and flavorful bacon dressing was used by German-Americans to coat dandelion greens during the 19th century (and perhaps before). The bitter greens were eventually supplanted by spinach, creating this hearty—and classic—dinner salad.

Yield: serves 4-6


  • 1 lb. spinach
  • 6 strips bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> cup malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh savory


  1. Wash and trim spinach; transfer to a bowl.
  2. Cook bacon in a small pot over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.
  3. Add shallots to pot with bacon fat and cook until just softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in vinegar, mustard, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Continue whisking until heated, about 30 seconds. Pour immediately over spinach and toss; sprinkle with crumbled bacon, 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh chives, and 2 tbsp. chopped fresh savory.