ReBoot – Wilted Lettuce

Again a memory from my youth. Wilted lettuce salad with a hot bacon dressing.

Many an evening meal was a simple salad, topped with a hot vinaigrette of bacon drippings and vinegar. Sided with a cast iron skillet of cornbread with lots of butter and the bacon from the dressing preparation.

This will work for just about any leafy green vegetable, and as I consider this, it would work with roasted cauliflower, par cooked broccoli, as a dressing for roasted zucchini, or …

One can adjust the sweetness of the dressing by varying the amount of sugar, I would be careful about the salt as bacon does vary in salt content.

As always this is a base recipe feel free to adjust or substitute, “Life is not a spectator sport, be adventurous.”

Wilted Lettuce salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

A hot vinaigrette, perfect for a wilted lettuce salad
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 1 Salad
Calories 2081 kcal


  • 16 oz Bacon Thick Sliced, smokey
  • 1 ea Red Onion Minced
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 head Lettuce ~ 16 oz, your choice of greens, washed, drained, chopped


  • Add greens to a large heat proof bowl
  • In a large cast iron skillet, over medium heat, fry off the bacon and reserve
  • Measure out 1/4 cup of fat, return to skillet and bring to a shimmer
  • Add onion, and saute until softened.
  • Add vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper to taste, bring to a high simmer
  • Pour dressing over greens and toss to wilt
  • Serve and garnish with bacon.


The choice of greens is as per the individuals (cooks) taste, spinach, iceberg, leafy, kale, cabbage all work.  Make sure they are washed and dried.  (Hot grease and water make for nasty burns)
This was often dinner whilst I was growing up, usually sided with cornbread and butter.
If using spinach, one might include a sprinkle of shredded goat cheese as an additional garnish.
The dressing can be used on any number of cooked or par cooked vegetables


Calories: 2081kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 62gFat: 181gSaturated Fat: 60gCholesterol: 299mgSodium: 3066mgPotassium: 1658mgFiber: 6gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 2874IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Bacon, Salad
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  Filed under: American, Cast Iron, Fried, Side Dish

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