Hot Bacon Dressing: Reviving the Past

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Hot Bacon Dressing


Hot Bacon Dressing: What’s the Hype?

Hot Bacon Dressing, like so many other dressings of yesteryear, is making a comeback of sorts in restaurants.  Typically poured over fresh baby spinach, dotted with red onion and maybe blue cheese, Hot Bacon Dressing isn’t your average everyday dressing.  You can’t buy it in a bottle, you have to make it fresh and have a delicious salad waiting.  But what makes it so special that you’d want to go to the trouble to make it?  Um…did I say it had BACON in it?!?  It’s sweet, it’s sour, and it’s salty (from the BACON).  It’s perfect on delicate salads, as well as heartier ones.  And if you dislike dressings with mayo in them, this one is made for you!  No mayo or sour cream!  What could be better?

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Tips and Tricks for Hot Bacon Dressing

Start out with a bacon that your family loves.  If it’s pepper bacon, use it!  Applewood?  Fry it up!  My family loves uncured bacon.  It’s not too hard to find, now that Oscar Mayer has a variety of it, as does Hormel.  It has a slightly sweet flavor added to the salty, which we love, plus it has no nitrates and nitrites, something we are trying to avoid.  Another trick that I’ve found is use a vinegar you adore.  The original recipe calls for plain white vinegar, but I love to add apple cider vinegar.  Our favorite is Bragg.  It has a lot more flavor than the other apple cider vinegars in the store, and it lends that flavor well in Hot Bacon Dressing.  We get the best of both worlds with Bragg: great apple flavor and beautiful tartness you’d expect from vinegar.  Lastly, make sure you whisk the ingredients together before adding to your pan.  Breaking up any clumps of corn starch makes it much easier to achieve a thick, smooth texture in Hot Bacon Dressing.


Hot Bacon Dressing: Reviving the Past

Hot Bacon Dressing: Reviving the Past


  • 8 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 3 small onions
  • 1 ½ C sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • ¼ C water
  • ½ C apple cider vinegar


  1. In a saute pan, fry the onions anad bacon until the bacon is crispy.
  2. While the bacon is crisping, whisk the remaining ingredients in a bowl, making sure the corn starch is completely whisked.
  3. When the bacon is crispy, stir in the vinegar mixture to the bacon and bacon fat, stirring constantly.
  4. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly and thicken more.
  6. Pour over your favorite salad and enjoy!

But What About the Fat in Hot Bacon Dressing?

Like anything, if you eat it in moderation, having Hot Bacon Dressing once in a while is perfectly acceptable in most diets.  I make this dressing maybe once every other month as a treat for doing well elsewhere.  It’s fantastic when you have guests, as it’s so different from the bottled dressings, and personal because you make it from scratch and serve it warm!  So grab your favorite bacon and treat yourself to some Hot Bacon Dressing on your salad!


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