Mike Graham's Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
PREP TIME: 20 Minutes

COMMENT: Along with Caesar salads, spinach salads are found on almost every restaurant menu. As the Caesar salad has its traditional dressing, the most traditional dressing for a spinach salad is Hot Bacon Dressing. The addition of the warm dressing slightly wilts the spinach and makes for a great contrast of hot and cold.


  • 1 pound fresh spinach, cleaned and stemmed
  • 5 slices lean bacon, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsps minced shallot or red onion
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 boiled egg, diced
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced

In a large skillet, cook bacon over moderate heat, turning it until it is crisp. Transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, and discard all but 2 tbsps of the fat. In the remaining fat, cook the shallot or red onion for 1 minute. Add vinegar, sugar, mustard, and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. In a large salad bowl, place cleaned spinach, diced egg, mushrooms, red onion and diced tomato. Toss well. Add hot dressing and toss to cover each leaf of spinach with the dressing.

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