Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

You’re going to want to dress up every salad with this Hot Bacon Vinaigrette! Made with bacon fat, honey, mustard and spices, this delightfully tangy salad dressing is wonderful on everything, from veggies to your favorite salads. 

A small container of warm bacon dressing on a blue tiled surface next to a red bowl of a green salad

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Hot Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe 

Salads get a bad rap, but let me tell you: They do NOT have to be boring! 

In addition to using your favorite greens and the best toppings, a great salad dressing can really make them shine. 

This hot bacon dressing recipe is a favorite at my house. We love every use of bacon, from bacon burgers to bacon pancakes

Served warm, this dressing is a great way to bring some extra bacon flavor to your salads. (We love you, bacon bits, but this is next level, OK?)

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    Why I love this recipe:


    This hot bacon vinaigrette is going to be your new go-to salad dressing!

    ​Here are a few reasons I adore it:

    • It goes well on just about any green salad. 
    • It’s a great way to use leftover bacon fat. 
    • You can also drizzle it over pasta, use it as a dip OR brush it on sandwiches.

    More salad dressings to try: Catalina Dressing | Strawberry Vinaigrette | Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing | Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

    Bacon sizzles in a pan while the rest of the vinaigrette ingredients sit next to it in bowls on a tiled blue surface

    What you need to make this recipe:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you’ll need to grab at the grocery store:

    • Warm bacon fat — whether you use a skillet, the microwave or your oven to bake bacon, save the fat. We’ll use it as the oil in this dressing. 
    • Large garlic clove — a fresh clove is most flavorful but you can use minced garlic from the store too. 
    • Apple cider vinegar  you can substitute other types of vinegar like white wine vinegar here. 
    • Dijon mustard — you’re looking for the grainy kind here. 
    • Honey — your favorite local honey will work well. Feel free to substitute maple syrup for a fall twist to make it a warm maple bacon vinaigrette. 
    • Black pepper — freshly ground black pepper adds lots of flavor to this dressing. 

    ​Since bacon tends to be salty, I do not add kosher salt to my dressing. However, you can and should add a pinch if yours doesn’t have enough salt.

    Garlic sizzles in bacon grease in a skillet
    Cook the garlic in the bacon fat

    How to make Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

    Here’s how to make this Hot Bacon Vinaigrette recipe: 

    Cook the bacon until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy in a skillet. You may use a nonstick or cast iron skillet.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    “Rendered” means you are essentially melting the fat from the meat into an oil. You may use thick cut bacon or regularly sliced bacon.

    With tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan, and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Leave the fat in the skillet.

    You can also bake your bacon or cook bacon in the microwave. As long as you have grease at the end of it, you’re ready to make this dressing. 

    If you’re the kind of person who keeps a jar of bacon grease in your fridge, you can use that. Just warm it up in the pan until it is liquid and warm. 

    Cooked garlic in a skillet with bacon grease
    Cooked garlic

    Add the garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant. 

    Remove the fat and garlic from the skillet. Transfer to a small jar or another heat-safe container. 

    Add the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey and black pepper.

    Ingredients for warm bacon vinaigrette in a mason jar on a blue tiled surface before mixing
    Add all the ingredients to a mason jar

    Place the cap on the jar and shake until combined. Shake really hard to emulsify the oil and vinegar together. You can also do this in a blender if you like. 

    Set the dressing aside until time to serve the salad.

    Pro tip!

    You can make this salad dressing in advance. When ready to serve, reheat in 5-10 second bursts in the microwave to warm through. Then drizzle on your salad.

    Uses for bacon salad dressing

    This warm vinaigrette really shines on this bacon and apple salad. It’s sweet, salty and crunchy and oh-so-perfect for casual lunches, fancier dinner parties and holiday meals. 

    Bacon goes with lots of other proteins, from shrimp salad to steak salad to chicken salad and spinach salad, too. It also could star as the only protein, such as in this grilled peach salad.

    You can add this bacon dressing to any green salad that you love. Maybe add some extra crispy bacon bits with this spicy praline bacon while you’re at it?

    You can also drizzle this dressing over pasta, brush it on sandwiches or use it as a dip or sauce. It’s especially great on potato salad or a veggie like brussels sprouts or steamed green beans.

    How to store/freeze

    Store this salad dressing in a mason jar or other food-safe, airtight container in the fridge. 

    It may coagulate, so you should reheat it uncovered in the microwave and give it a good shake before using. 

    Ingredients for warm bacon vinaigrette in a mason jar on a blue tiled surface after mixing

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    If you want to use this warm bacon vinaigrette while entertaining friends and family, I think that’s amazing.

    Here are a few things I would do:

    • Make it early, then reheat this dressing just before serving. It’s best served hot. 
    • Serve the dressing warm in a gravy boat* (affiliate link)
    • Let guests dress their own salads. People like different amounts of dressing. 
    Bacon vinaigrette from above in a mason jar with a spoon on a dark blue tiled surface

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is bacon dressing made of?

    Bacon dressing is made from bacon fat, vinegar, honey, mustard and spices. The oil and vinegar are shaken or blended together to emulsify the ingredients and prevent separation. 

    What is vinaigrette dressing made of?

    Typically, we make vinaigrettes with oil and an acid like vinegar (red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar are both popular). Sometimes, other spices and herbs are blended in. The ingredients are blended together to prevent separation, a process called emulsifying. 

    A spoon holds a serving of bacon vinaigrette above a jar of the dressing next to a white towel on a blue tiled surface

    Quick tips and tricks to making the best Bacon Dressing

    • Every time you make bacon for breakfast, store the bacon drippings in a grease jar* (affiliate link). Then you always have bacon grease on hand. 
    • Shake or blend the dressing well to emulsify the ingredients. 
    • Serve it warm — this is a hot dressing and it is so good when it’s heated! 

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    A small container of warm bacon dressing on a blue tiled surface next to a red bowl of a green salad

    Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

    You’re going to want to dress up every salad with this Hot Bacon Vinaigrette! Made with bacon fat, honey, mustard and spices, this delightfully tangy salad dressing is wonderful on everything, from veggies to your favorite salads. 
    5 from 2 votes
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 115 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    • 5 tablespoons warm bacon fat from 4-5 slices of bacon
    • 1 large garlic clove minced
    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 ½ tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
    • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
    • Black pepper to taste

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    Instructions
     

    • Cook the bacon until the fat has rendered and the meat is browned and crisp in a nonstick or cast iron skillet
    • Remove the bacon from the pan, and set aside. Leave the fat in the skillet.
    • Add the garlic to the skillet, and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Remove the fat and the garlic from the skillet, and transfer to a mason jar (or another container that can withstand heat.) Be careful… this is hot!
    • Add the apple cider vinegar to the jar, as well as the Dijon mustard, honey and black pepper.
    • Place the cap on the jar, and shake until combined.
    • Set aside until time to serve the salad. (If this is made in advance and the vinaigrette cools, reheat in 5-10 second intervals in the microwave until the desired temperature.)

    Notes

    How to store: Mason jar in the fridge. Reheat in microwave.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
    Keyword bacon, bacon dressing, easy salad dressing, easy vinaigrette, easy vinaigrette recipe, salad dressing recipe, vinaigrette recipe
    Course Sauces & Salad Dressings
    Cuisine American
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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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