Maple Hot Bacon Dressing
Hot bacon dressing is one of the best easy gluten-free salad dressing recipes, but this version takes it to a new level of flavor. Maple syrup is added to a classic Amish warm bacon dressing recipe! 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.
I never make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I made one. I wanted to get more sleep. Trying to simultaneously be a night owl and an early bird while parenting two busy boys and attempting to run or do some other workout four or five mornings a week has really been taking its toll on me. Just after the holidays, I was exhausted. I spent most of the time between Christmas and New Year’s sleeping in, sitting on my butt, and not getting onto the treadmill.
This couldn’t continue.
I was determined. Not only was I going to get ahead, but I was also going to start getting my butt to bed earlier. That resolution, though, lasted about three days. All that extra time I thought I would have never seemed to materialize.
So I continued to burn the candle at both ends, trying to do it all and still get up and workout at 5:15 am after only getting four or five hours of sleep. I’d grab a blended iced coffee and try to check in on my Pinterest and Facebook accounts before I got the boys ready for school. I was trying to convince myself I could do it. But I was so lethargic, barely wanted to cook at all, nevermind create recipes for the blog, because seriously the effort to plan it out, cook or bake it, and photograph it was just more than I could even wrap my brain around. Then I got really sick and run down twice since the new year. Things had to change.
Lately, I’ve been doing better. Not great, but better. But seriously, one extra hour, doing my workouts but not overdoing them (which I think I was doing for a while), and one little cup of tea a few mornings a week for just a wee caffeine boost, and I feel like a new person. I’m not your most bounce-off-the-walls energetic-type, but I’ve had more energy.
Today I am even super excited to be making and photographing this salad dressing recipe!
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.
It’s a perfect accompaniment to classic iceberg or even Romaine because these lettuces stay crisp even when you add the warm dressing. It’ll slightly wilt baby spinach, which is fabulous too. We enjoy it on Romaine Wedge Salad. 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!
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.
How do you make Hot Bacon Dressing?
- Start by cooking some bacon nice and crispy. You can do this in a pan or in the oven. 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, side note, turkey bacon works too, if that’s your preference.
- You simply whisk maple syrup, water, cornstarch, and an egg together and slowly bring to a boil.
- You’ll want 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 from the heat and let cool a bit before stirring in the apple cider vinegar and crumbled bacon.
- Then just 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 MIL’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.
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
Here are a few more gluten-free salad dressings that my blogger friends have made:
- Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – The View from Great Island.
- Raspberry Vanilla Vinaigrette Dressing – It’s Yummi.
- Shake and Pour Mediterranean Salad Dressing – Kalyn’s Kitchen.
- Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing – Noble Pig.
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- 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.
- 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. Having vacationed in Smugglers Notch, Vermont multiple times, I am a sucker for real Vermont maple syrup.
How to make maple hot bacon dressing (video)
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.
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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.
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