Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier, a sweet pea chef

This Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing from Alton Brown is a recipe I’ve made many, many times.  As I’ve mentioned before, Alton has some wonderful recipes and this one is no exception.

I really enjoy this salad because it combines vibrant flavors with different textures.  Well, that and because it’s super yummy.  There’s crumbled bacon, crisp spinach, thinly sliced red onions and a warm bacon dressing made with red wine vinegar, some sugar and reserved bacon fat.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef

Yum.  Bacon fat.  Just kidding.  Seriously, though, the salad doesn’t feel heavy, like one might think.  Rather, the warm bacon dressing lightly coats the salad while the red onion and red wine vinegar cut through any “greasiness.”

Traditionally, this salad includes sliced hard boiled eggs, but Dustin and I have been enjoying it with a poached egg instead.  Either way is good, though.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef

On a complete side note, I’d just like to take a moment to express my appreciation and gratitude for all you wonderful souls who visit my site — whether this is your first time here or you’re a regular.  I took a walk with Jordan today in the beautiful San Diego sun and, somehow, got lost in my thoughts.  Sad thoughts…memories about old, horrible cases I worked when at Child Protective Services.

Watching Jordan sleep in her stroller grounded me again and reminded me how so very fortunate I am to be doing what I love. So, I’d like to thank you all for listening to me as I write about food — not about broken families, not about abused and neglected children — but about food.  And love.  And life.  And happiness.  Thank you for sharing this with me. Thank you for your support.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier. a sweet pea chef

Okay.  Back to the food! 

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

serves 4, recipe adapted from Alton Brown

8 ounces baby spinach
2-4 large eggs
8 pieces thick-sliced bacon
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4-6 large white mushrooms, sliced
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced

Directions

Wash, drain and pat the spinach until thoroughly dry. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

If choosing to hard boil your eggs, check out How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs and then slice each hard boiled egg into 4 quarters, lengthwise, and set aside.  If choosing to poach your eggs, check out Easy Poached Eggs Recipe on Simply Recipes.  What a useful site!

While the eggs are cooking, fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Transfer the fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

Add the mushrooms and the sliced onion to the spinach and toss. Add the dressing and bacon and toss to combine. Divide the spinach between 4 plates or bowls and evenly divide the egg among them. Season with pepper, as desired. Serve immediately.

 

Enjoy!

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

24 comments… add one

  1. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 18, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Beautiful salad! I love the colors and flavors in this. That egg on top is cooked perfectly- so gorgeous!

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  2. sara August 18, 2010, 11:28 pm

    OMG, I am so in love with this salad! Gorgeous photos…it looks really delicious. :)

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  3. Joanne August 19, 2010, 4:13 am

    Gotta love a good Alton recipe! He is my go to for many things. If he made it, I know there is scientific basis for why it should taste good haha.

    I’m glad you found food and started this blog as well, although I’m sure you helped so many souls through your work with CPS.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2010, 7:28 am

      Joanne, I agree with you on that about Alton — hard to argue with science! Thanks for your comment about CPS. There were definitely some huge success stories over the years while I worked as a social worker and I’m glad I was able to help many families and children.

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  4. Miss Becky August 19, 2010, 7:08 am

    Hi Lacey
    thanks for stopping by my blog and waving hello! that is so sweet.
    I love your food photos and how crisp you make everything look ~ beautiful. Your photos make me want to cook everything you make and it’s that time of year when I can get most of these ingredients straight from the farmer of my own backyard. the salad looks yummy and healthy, thanks for sharing!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2010, 7:32 am

      Becky, of course! It makes me SO happy when people say they like my photos, so thank you! I’ve always enjoyed photography and am thrilled I get to use that passion with this blog.

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  5. Peggy August 19, 2010, 8:18 am

    Yeah, you had me at “Bacon Dressing”! I’m definitely going to try this and I love that you used a poached egg to top it off because I think poached eggs can go on practically anything!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 19, 2010, 9:03 am

      Peggy, right? I’m with you on the bacon dressing. Yum. I’m glad you like the poached egg with the salad. I really need to include them more often in my cooking — they are so good!

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  6. Juliana August 19, 2010, 11:37 am

    Wow, I love this salad…and the poached egg on top just look amazing…love the pictures…yummie!

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  7. Chef Dennis August 20, 2010, 7:00 pm

    the poached egg is such a nice touch with this salad, the contrast of textures and flavors must be amazing!! great job with this salad!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 20, 2010, 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Chef Dennis! I’m so happy you like the poached egg on this salad. I really recommend it :)

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  8. Dustin Stevens-Baier August 26, 2010, 8:27 pm

    This is one of my favorite salads. I always enjoy the spinach and bacon dressing.

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef August 26, 2010, 9:48 pm

      Hi Dustin! I totally agree: the combination of the warm bacon dressing with the spinach is really delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Kelley April 12, 2011, 3:13 pm

    You know, now that I look through all your WONDERFUL recipes, I was wondering if you have ever made an “Asian Chop Chop” salad? compliments of Houlihans :) It’s amazing!

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  10. Carolyn May 31, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Sometime you should try Alton Brown’s Garden Vegetable Soup. Takes a little bit of time, but it is soooo good.

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  11. Diane March 3, 2012, 10:29 am

    Hi Lacey,
    I just joined upon your site and am extremely impressed…bravo for you! I am having the spinach salad with warm bacon dressing tonight, and I know it is going to turn out great. I am in the process of downloading your cookbook and can hardly wait to see the recipes.
    I am a food junkie who loves to try out new recipes on guests. Anyone who eats at my house is a never gets the same thing twice and they are all guinea pigs. ;-)
    Keep up the great work on your blog, it’s wonderful!
    Diane

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  12. Diane March 3, 2012, 10:48 am

    Okay…I just read your cookbook, love it! I can see I’ll be busy trying all the recipes. So when is book 2 coming out???
    Diane

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  13. Lorri February 10, 2013, 10:45 am

    I have made this over and over! It is a requirement at every family function. Each time I visit your page a read this post, I am reminded of how lucky I am as well. Thank you for that!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 11, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Hi Lorri! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. I had actually forgotten I wrote those words in this post an reread it again after your comment. So, thank you for reminding me again :)

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