This sweet and salty Hot Bacon Dressing recipe will take a boring salad to new heights!
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Hot Bacon Dressing

Adding Hot Bacon Dressing to a spinach salad is the perfect way to impress your guests and a surefire way to get your kids to eat their salad!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, dressing, recipe, salad dressing
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 6 slices thick-cut, uncured bacon (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch (mixed with 3 Tablespoon water)


  • Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crispy and browned. Remove the cooked bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the onions to the bacon grease, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until soft and caramelized.
  • Stir in the sugar, then add the water and lemon juice and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked on bits.
  • Return the bacon to the pan. Stir in the cornstarch slurry, pepper and paprika.
  • Cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Keep the Hot Bacon Dressing warm over low heat until ready to serve.
  • Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.


  • Substitute 8 slices of regular sliced bacon if thick-cut is not available.
  • This dressing is on the sweet side. Adjust the sweetness as needed to suit your own tastes.
  • I added the sugar to the bacon grease to absorb the hot fat. Pouring water into hot grease is a bad idea!
  • If you do not have fresh lemons, substitute champagne vinegar.
  • If the dressing seems to be too thick, add additional water.
  • This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of dressing. Standard serving size is 2 Tablespoons, so your total servings may vary.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 1mg