Homemade bacon dressing makes this warm spinach salad come alive

One of my all-time favorite salads is a simple spinach salad. While it is super delicious, it can become a little boring when enjoyed frequently. To spruce up this tasty recipe, I decided to serve this salad warm, tossed in a homemade bacon dressing made from leftover bacon drippings.

This might sound odd, but trust me, there is a huge amount of flavor in those drippings that makes an excellent dressing when combined with a few simple ingredients.

To finish off this salad, I added toasted pecans, diced mangoes and strawberries and a hearty sprinkle of tangy feta cheese along with fresh herbs.

Warm spinach salad with homemade bacon dressing recipe

Fresh, organic baby spinach is tossed in a homemade bacon dressing, topped with fresh fruit, feta and pecans and served warm.

Yields 2 large or 4 small salads

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 18 minutes


For the salad

  • 4 slices all-natural, nitrate-free bacon (I used Applegate Farms brand)
  • 6 cups fresh, organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced or sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup croutons (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the bacon dressing

  • Drippings from the cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Warm a skillet over medium heat, and add the bacon. Cook for 4 minutes per side or until crisp.
  2. Place the cooked bacon on a dish lined with paper towels, and let it cool. Pour the drippings into a clean jar with a lid, and set it aside.
  3. To a large salad bowl, add the spinach, strawberries, mango, red onion and toasted pecans.
  4. Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, crumble it over top of the salad, and top with the croutons and crumbled feta.
  5. Add the remaining dressing ingredients to the jar of bacon drippings, and tightly close the lid on the jar. Shake the dressing for 30 seconds to mix it well.
  6. Remove the lid from the jar, and lightly warm the dressing in the microwave for 20 to 25 seconds. Drizzle the warm dressing on top of the salad, and toss.
  7. Divide the salad among plates, and serve immediately.

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