Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, Red Onion & Avocado


Jessica B. Harris loves green salads, especially those that she can throw together quickly from whatever she has on hand in her fridge. After crisping bacon, she uses the fat in the pan to make a flavorful hot vinaigrette that she pours over the greens, onion and creamy avocado. The result is a beautiful, semi-wilted, warm spinach salad. Read more about why Harris craves this salad and how she stocks her fridge here.

wilted spinach salad with hot vinaigrette
Photo: Jillian Atkinson
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 8 ounces spinach

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 small avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar

  • cup red-wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon water, as needed

  • Freshly ground pepper for garnish


  1. Wash spinach thoroughly under cold running water and dry it in a salad spinner. Place the spinach, onion and avocado in a salad bowl.

  2. Place bacon in a skillet or medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the bacon is crisp and browned, about 4 minutes. Working quickly and stirring constantly, add sugar then carefully add vinegar (the mixture will bubble up). Continue to stir until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes total. The hot vinaigrette should be slightly thinner than maple syrup. Remove from heat, taste and add up to 2 tablespoons water, if desired, to thin the vinaigrette or dilute the flavor to your preference. Pour the hot vinaigrette over the spinach, onion and avocado. Toss to coat and partially wilt the spinach. Garnish with pepper, if desired, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

153 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 153
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 5390IU 108%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 154mcg 39%
Vitamin K 284mcg 237%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 593mg 13%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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