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Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing

Growing up in a German community, I ate this salad often. It's an old traditional dish—I recall my grandmother talking about her mother making this recipe. As a variation, the old-timers in my family cut up some boiled potatoes on dinner plates, then serve the warm salad mixture on top. —Robert Enigk, Canastota, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a salad bowl, toss spinach, lettuce, celery and onion; set aside. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. In a small bowl, beat egg; add water and mix well. Add to the drippings. Combine vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, salt and pepper; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; pour over salad. Add bacon. Toss and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 93 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Jan 11, 2021

    I only had lettuce on hand so I omitted the spinach and doubled up on the lettuce. It was pretty good. I would suggest maybe a hard-boiled egg to be added to the salad toppings.

  • teresajane
    Jan 5, 2020

    We made ours with leaf lettuce , onions and crumbled bacon . Mom would make a water vinegar and sugar combination that she poured into the hot bacon drippings . Then she cooked it until hot . Lastly, it was pored over the lettuce leaves . We called it “wilted lettuce” salad . I loved it . Can’t eat it as much now due to my heart health.

  • sallydavison
    Jan 5, 2020

    I grew up with this delicious salad, mostly with endive. I've tried to duplicate the recipe by memory since my parents are long gone. I am excited to try this, I know it will be delicious!

  • Appy_Girl
    Dec 18, 2019

    Quick, easy and so tasty. Nice and light. I omitted the egg in the dressing. My newest salad winner. VFE. I recommend this one.

  • ReneeMurby
    Dec 15, 2019

    This salad was colorful and simple. The dressing was velvety and luxurious. I would make this again.

  • hannapro
    Oct 24, 2009

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