Wilted Lettuce or Hot Bacon Salad

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
2 salads
20 min

Growing up, we always called this salad "wilted lettuce salad." So, this sounds fairly unappetizing. icon A lot of folks call it Hot Bacon Salad, which I don't know if that sounds appetizing either. I promise you it's worth it--keep reading.

It was always best in the springtime with fresh garden lettuce that had newly popped up. However, I make it all year round with just quality lettuce from the grocery store. A couple of my favorites to use are red lettuce and Bibb lettuce.

You just fry up your bacon, save the renderings and a bit of grease, add some apple cider vinegar, onions or shallots, fresh thyme, salt and pepper and there you have it--your hot dressing. You'll want to make sure when you prepare this you are going to be ready to eat it right away. We don't REALLY want wilted lettuce, because that's pretty gross. I promise you it's worth it to give a try if you like bacon!

Wilted Lettuce or Hot Bacon Salad
Recipe details
  • 2  salads
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Wilted Lettuce
  • 3 C fresh lettuce (red lettuce or Bibb work great)
  • 1/2 lb bacon, fried in skillet (reserve renderings)
  • 1 shallot or 1/4 onion
  • green onions, about 4 Tbsp chopped
  • about 1/3 C apple cider vinegar
  • fresh thyme leaves to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Wilted Lettuce
Fry that bacon! Save the renderings and some of the grease in the pan (about 1 Tbsp)
Wash and separate your lettuce into two bowls
Chop your onion/shallot, and your green onions
Crumble the bacon and set aside
Add the apple cider vinegar to the hot skillet and begin to stir
Add your onion/shallot in and cook on low until that starts to soften
Add some thyme leaves if you choose to use them to the skillet
Top your salads with crumbled bacon and green onions
Once you are ready to serve, pour the hot dressing over each salad and enjoy!
  • Bowls work better than plates to serve because of all the yummy liquid!
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  • Karen Karen on Aug 08, 2021

    Have only done this with spinach. Never lettuce.

    • The Black Cat Kitchen The Black Cat Kitchen on Aug 13, 2021

      Thanks for sharing, Karen! Spinach would certainly hold up better with the heat. It's definitely one of those strange family recipes, but I encourage you to try! ☺️

  • Nanfree Nanfree on Aug 07, 2022

    OMG!!! I remember my mom making this when I was a kid…I’m 78 now and haven’t made this in eons! Thanks for the memory and the recipe!!! She used spinach, too!

    • The Black Cat Kitchen The Black Cat Kitchen on Aug 07, 2022

      Aw, Nanfree that is so wonderful!! I hope you enjoy re-creating it ☺️ food from childhood is so special!