Gluten Free Warm Bacon Dressing with Maple Syrup

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Hot Bacon Dressing takes the classic Amish recipe to a new level with the addition of maple syrup. Warm and creamy with sweet and tangy flavor plus salty smoky bacon, but it’s made without flour or bacon grease. Your spinach salad will long to be covered in this warm dressing, definitely one the best easy gluten-free salad dressing recipes!

What is Hot Bacon Dressing?

Do you like sweet salad dressing? You got it. Tangy? It’s here! Creamy? Of course! And the salty, smokiness of bacon? Oh yeah! Then you will find it all in this warm salad dressing recipe.

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Maple Dijon Salad Dressing may be my daily go-to, but this one is special occasion salad dressing! A delicious combination of maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and bacon is heated and thickened with cornstarch and egg to make a rich and luxurious dressing that makes any simple salad extra special.

There are warm bacon dressing recipes to use on German potato salads or on spinach salads, but this recipe is based on a traditional Amish recipe. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law because The Hubby loves it.

However, I’ve made some tweaks over the years. The original uses sugar, but maple syrup just perfectly accents the smoky bacon. I’ve added a little more apple cider vinegar because we love that extra bit of tang.

Glass jar filled with warm bacon dressing

Maple Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe

Dress up your salads for a special occasion with this warm, creamy dressing. The thick texture gives a sweet and tangy coating to the lettuce, and the bacon adds just the right amount of smoky, salty flavor. Even the simplest salads become a truly gourmet addition to any meal. It’s perfect on a simple iceberg wedge, tossed with romaine, used to lightly wilt spinach, and so much more.

What do you need to make hot bacon dressing?

  • Bacon – Use your favorite or any you have on hand. You can cook bacon using any method. If you cook it in a skillet on the stove, you can make the dressing right in the same pan because a little bacon grease in the mix certainly won’t hurt anything. Also, turkey bacon works too, if that’s your preference.
  • Water
  • Maple syrup – Instead of sugar like in traditional bacon dressing, this recipe is sweetened with maple syrup. Bacon and maple are such a natural flavor pairing as each has a different but complementary smoky undertone.
  • Cornstarch – As mentioned, to make this a gluten free salad dressing recipe, I use cornstarch for thickening instead of flour. You still get the thick, creamy consistency but without adding wheat.
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar

How do you make Hot Bacon Dressing?

  1. Cook and crumble your bacon.
  2. Whisk maple syrup, water, cornstarch, and an egg together in a saucepan.
  3. Slowly bring to a boil. Be sure to whisk almost constantly to avoid scrambling the egg or having it get cooked to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once it coats a spoon, remove it from the heat and let cool a bit before stirring in the apple cider vinegar and crumbled bacon.
  5. Then pour over or toss with your favorite salad.
  6. It’s so easy and it makes a ton, so pour the leftovers in a jar, store it in your fridge, and reheat it as you need it.

Is Hot Bacon Dressing Gluten Free?

My mother-in-law’s hot bacon dressing recipe calls for flour, but I’ve replaced that with cornstarch. So while not all hot bacon dressing recipes are gluten-free, this one is. And I suppose arrowroot or tapioca starch would work if you want a grain free or paleo option.

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What do you put bacon dressing on?

Top of a jar with Warm Bacon Dressing and bacon pieces on top
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Top of a jar with Warm Bacon Dressing and bacon pieces on top
4.7 from 3 votes

Maple Hot Bacon Dressing

Warm and creamy with a touch of sweet, a bit of tang, and the salty smoky bacon flavor, your spinach salad will long to be covered in Maple Hot Bacon Dressing.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 18 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch I suspect arrowroot or tapioca starch will work as well
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (use up to 1/3 cup if desired)
  • 6 slices bacon, well-cooked, drained, and crumbled bacon (regular pork or turkey bacon)


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the water, syrup, cornstarch, egg, and salt.
  • Heat over medium low heat to a simmer, then cook, whisking frequently, until it is hot and starts to thicken.
  • Increase the heat and allow to boil slightly to thicken completely.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar and crumbled bacon.
  • Serve while still warm, or reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Hot Bacon Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Liz Kozloski

    5 stars
    This is such an awesome dressing. I usually made the oil and vinegar one but this one is the best out of all hot bacon dressings I have had. Another great part is that it is so low in calories. Love the sweetness..

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Dana,
      I haven’t used the hot bacon dressing on anything but salad, but I bet it will make a fantastic potato salad dressing! Depending on the number of potatoes you use, you may want to double the recipe to make sure there’s enough.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Terry,
      You can refrigerate it for a few days, but I don’t think it can be eaten cold, straight from the fridge. The bacon fat will solidify. You’ll at least need to bring it to room temperature. Reheating it will definitely taste better.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Shannon. If you want to track macros on this recipe, I think the best place to do it is using the nutritional calculator on Nutritional info can vary depending on what brand of products you use and that calculator will allow you to search by brand and/or scan in the data from the nutritional labels.

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