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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.
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.
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.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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What do you need to make hot bacon dressing?
- Bacon – Cook your favorite bacon or any you have on hand using your preferred method, such as in a skillet, in the oven, or in an air fryer. If you do it in a pan, 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.
- 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.
- Apple cider vinegar
How do you make Hot Bacon Dressing?
- Cook and crumble your bacon.
- Whisk maple syrup, water, cornstarch, and an egg together in a saucepan.
- 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.
- 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.
- Then pour over or toss with your favorite salad.
- 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.
Make it a Meal
What do you put it on?
- The classic combination is hot bacon dressing for spinach salad. It’ll slightly wilt baby spinach and adds amazing flavor. Enjoy it with Apple Cider Pulled Chicken.
- It’s great on a classic iceberg wedge salad and we enjoy it on Romaine Wedge Salad. Serve your wedge salad with a grilled flat iron steak.
- Or make a batch of Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash and use the leftovers to make Roasted Brussels Sprouts Butternut Squash Salad. It’s so delicious with a holiday meal like brown sugar glazed ham.
- Or try it as something different to kick up a Cobb-Style Lobster Salad. This makes a great summer meal with foil pack potatoes.
What are some more homemade salad dressing recipes?
- Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette
- Creamy Greek Yogurt Honey Lemon Lime Salad Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Barbecue Ranch Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- Shake and Pour Mediterranean Salad Dressing – Kalyn’s Kitchen.
- Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing – Noble Pig.
Maple Hot Bacon Dressing
- 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.