Wilted Lettuce Salad with Vinegar Bacon Dressing. A light, fresh salad for a spring or summer’s day.
Wilted Lettuce Salad With Vinegar Bacon Dressing
One year I had some leaf lettuce volunteer in one of my deck pots. I ignored it and it grew and grew and grew. In fact, it was about 2 feet tall when I took the picture below. I decided to make a salad with some of it and cut off about a third of it for dinner. I remembered that my mom made a salad dressing with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, but I didn’t remember the proportions and decided I’d wait to experiment on that dressing another time.
I looked up a recipe in James Beard’s American Cookery (affiliate link). All of his cookbooks always have good, traditional recipes. Since leaf lettuce is a little bitter, I wanted something with sugar in it to offset that bitterness.
This recipe, which is similar to a hot bacon dressing used on spinach salads, was delicious. The dressing is warm so it wilts the lettuce a bit.
James Beard says to serve it in a warm bowl, but I didn’t do that and it was scrumptious anyway. And despite the fact that I cut the onions too wide (I used a sweet Vidalia onion), it was still really good!
What You Need
For this recipe you’ll need a good knife, cutting board, skillet, measuring cups and spoons and a beautiful platter for serving. But what you really want are some great dinnerware and glasses. Right?
Wilted Lettuce Salad with Vinegar Bacon Dressing RecipePrint
Wilted Lettuce Salad with Vinegar Bacon Dressing
Delicious salad for a summer day!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups leaf lettuce (or baby spinach is good, too)
- ½ a Vidalia onion (sliced in thin rounds or diced)
- 2 slices bacon
- 1 hard-boiled egg (cut into small pieces; optional)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Wash the lettuce and pat it dry. Tear it into bite-sized pieces and put it in a bowl.
- Slice the onions and toss them on top of the lettuce.
- Fry the bacon until crisp.
- Remove the bacon from the pan and crumble it over the top of the lettuce.
- In the same frying pan, pour in the sugar, vinegar and Dijon mustard, and whisk until smooth and syrupy.
- If using the egg, add it now.
- Immediately pour the sauce over the lettuce and serve promptly.
NOTE: Since I had precooked bacon, I simply warmed up the bacon in the pan with a little olive oil and then continued with the rest of the recipe as written above. Olive oil is better for you than bacon grease, so I suggest you try the recipe this way.
Keywords: bacon dressing, hot bacon dressing, vinegar bacon dressing, Wilted lettuce salad
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Recipe Nutrition Information
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop June 12, 2015 and updated April 13, 2021.