Spinach Salad With Bacon Dressing

Recipe: #33232

August 30, 2019

"Recipe source: Cook's Illustrated"

Original recipe yields 4-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (352 g)
  • Calories 670.7
  • Total Fat - 47.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 15.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 755.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1526.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.8 g
  • Sugars - 2.2 g
  • Protein - 51.1 g
  • Calcium - 176.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

In a saucepan add egg and enough water to cover plus one inch and bring to a boil over high heat; remove from heat , cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fill a bowl with 1 quart ice water and then place eggs in the ice water; let stand for 5 minutes; peel eggs, quarter them lengthwise; set aside.

Step 2

Put the spinach in a large serving bowl. In a small cup or bowl combine next 4 ingredients (vinegar - salt), stirring until sugar dissolves.

Step 3

In a skillet on medium high heat fry the bacon for 10 minutes or until crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer bacon to paper toweling. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl and return 3 tablespoons to the skillet; add onion and then cook for 3 minutes on medium heat until softened; stir in garlic and cook another 15 seconds or so and then the vinegar mixture. Remove from heat; scrape bottom of skillet to loosen the browned bits and then pour the hot dressing over the spinach; add the bacon and toss. Divide among individual plates and arrange the egg quarters over each serving.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Fantastic salad and so different to what I am used to, I scaled back for one serve and used lean bacon so had little or no bacon fat so needed to use a little oil and when I added the dressing to the pan it totally evaporated so there was none to put over the spinach but the onion took up the flavour of the dressing and with a fried egg on top with a running yolk that made up for the dressing. Thank you ellie made for For Your Consideration tag game at FF&F.

review by:
(14 Aug 2021)


I did cheat while making this recipe, using pickled egg and wow was this a great cheat. Lovely salad I will enjoy often!

review by:
(15 Mar 2020)


This was so delicious...who doesn't love bacon...and this is full of yummy bacon flavor...I wish it was a tad bit sweeter...next time I'm going to increase the sugar a little...I cut this way down to one serving...just for me...made for Billboard tag game...

review by:
(17 Sep 2019)