This was just delicious and really made the salad. I made it exactly as written and it came together very quickly. Very easy to make and superb with spinach, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and hard boiled egg. I crumbled the bacon on top and got rave reviews from the entire table.
This brought back lots of good memories. One of the first "gourmet" recipes I ever made was a hot bacon dressing, over fresh baby spinach, when I was about 15 or 16 years old. It's been my favorite dressing ever since but I haven't made it in years. This recipe, by FAR, is superior to any other I've tasted. I didn't blenderize it because I happen to love the look of grainy mustard & I think that the aged balsamic vinegar just puts this over the top. The entire combination was melodic. I wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for posting, Vicki! Made & enjoyed for ZWT-6 Team Xtra Hot Dishes! :)
I love spinach salad with hot bacon vinaigrette dressing. My mom has always just used the bacon drippings, bacon and a little vinegar which was very good. But this recipe is just awesome!! I think the combination of the mustard, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and oj is the key. Divine! This is how I will make our fresh spinach salad from now on. Thanks Vicki for a great PAC Spring '09 and this keeper of a recipe!