Bacon Vinaigrette

July 19, 2009

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: I learned this at a French cooking class. Stephanie__

Food52 Review: A classic French preparation, this dressing is tangy, smoky and salty all at once. Anything that begins with bacon already has a leg up, and we love how the acidity of the red wine vinegar balances the richness of the pork fat. Because this dressing is served warm, it wilts the greens slightly, so we recommend something that holds its own, like Stephanie's suggestion of endive, or maybe some escarole. Because all bacon slices are not created equal, you may want to start with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and taste before adding more. You can always correct with a bit of vegetable oil if the dressing is too tart. - A&MThe Editors

Serves: enough (isn't dressing a salad too objective to say serving size?)


  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 4 Bacon slices cut into strips
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Place bacon in cold saute pan and heat over medium flame until almost crisp.
  2. Add shallots and saute until transparent, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar and scrape bottom of pan to loosen bacon bits.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with a curly endive, poached egg(s) and croutons.

More Great Recipes:
Salad Dressing|Salad|French|Vinegar|Shallot|Bacon|Pork|5 Ingredients or Fewer|Fall|Winter

Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

jthelwell January 30, 2013
This is a wonderful recipe.<br /><br />I hate myself for this, but I can't help it: I think you mean "subjective" not "objective".
AntoniaJames August 23, 2012
I love this recipe. I often add a good handful of chopped parsley leaves and stems, and when I don't have a shallot, I use just the parsley. It's also good when made with white wine vinegar; for more of a German-potato salad tasting dressing, use a flavorful organic cider made from unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider. I keep a jar of bacon vinaigrette in the fridge, and use it on everything. ;o)
HayleyRyczek June 7, 2011
my family has made "wilted" lettuce salad for generations... usually with bibbs lettuce hearts.. frying bacon pieces, reserving the warm grease for the dressing along with apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.. it's a spring time favorite in my house!<br />
blanka.n May 2, 2011
This is a lovely variation on the French classic Frissee Salad avec Lardons - I've made it a few times for that salad but I might try it now on something else - but I think it's always nice to have the poached egg.
EmilyNunn June 14, 2010
I love this! I have thrown pecans in a similar pre-deglazed pan over medium high heat to crisp them in the fat, and then added to a salad of bitter greens. <br /><br />Can't wait to make this.
annemax August 18, 2009
I use this for potato salad with red onion, and a little tarragon or thyme.
Eric L. July 24, 2009
I'm intrigued by the bacon-fat-as-the-oil but will never get away with it in my household...