Southern House Salad. This make ahead salad can be served with a meal or take it along to a potluck or tailgating event.
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4.86 from 14 votes

Southern House Salad

The warm dressing is made with bacon drippings, vinegar, and sugar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, spinach
Method: Boil, Fry
Skill Level: Intermediate
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 663kcal
Author: Marilyn



  • 10 to 12 ounces fresh spinach washed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 5 to 6 radishes thinly sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs * 1 chopped, 1 sliced (optional)
  • 2 to 4 slices bacon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Idaho potaoes peeled and boiled


  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Place prepared spinach in a large bowl. Add onions and radishes.
  • Refrigerate the salad, tightly covered.
  • Fry or microwave bacon until crisp; remove to paper towel and set aside.
  • Peel and quarter ptatoes, boil in water until they slide off the fork. (15-20 min)
  • In a saucepan, cover 2 large eggs with water. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a full rolling boil. Cover the saucepan and remove the pan from the heat. Let stand for 12 to 15 minutes. Run cold water over the eggs and peel them. Put in fridge until cool.
  • In a small jar or measuring cup combine the bacon drippings with sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate all ingredients until just before serving. When ready to serve, microwave the dressing on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds, or until mixture boils.
  • Toss the chopped egg (if using) and potato with the greens then pour the hot dressing over greens mixture; toss again lightly.
  • Arrange the salad on salad plates and top each with a few slices of egg and crumbled bacon.


Make Ahead: Prepare the spinach, onion, and radishes in a serving bowl; cover and refrigerate. Prepare the eggs and bacon and refrigerate them in separate containers. Prepare the dressing and refrigerate. Just before serving time, toss the chopped egg with the spinach salad mixture. Heat the dressing; drizzle over the salad and toss. Garnish with the sliced eggs and bacon.
Variations:Add about 1/4 cup of pine nuts, sunflower seeds, toasted slivered almonds, or toasted pecans to the salad for additional crunch.Add about 1/4 cup of raisins or dried cranberries to the salad.Add sliced fresh mushrooms to the salad.Omit the radishes, if desired.‚Äč
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.1g | Protein: 36.1g | Fat: 40.5g | Saturated Fat: 17.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 293mg | Sodium: 1085mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg