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Bacon Dressing (VRP 001)

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Unleash the flavors of your greens with a homemade Bacon Dressing, a rich blend that combines the savory goodness of bacon with a tangy and sweet dressing. Perfect for dressing up any salad, this recipe brings a delightful twist to traditional dressings with its unique combination of ingredients.

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Bacon Dressing

A Short History:

Salad dressings have been a staple in culinary traditions around the world, with recipes evolving over centuries. The introduction of bacon into dressings adds a depth of flavor that has become increasingly popular in modern cuisine. This trend capitalizes on bacon’s rich and smoky qualities to enhance the overall taste of salads.


  • Early History: The use of oil and vinegar to dress salads dates back to ancient civilizations.
  • 19th Century: The culinary world sees the emergence of more complex dressings incorporating various ingredients.
  • 20th Century: Bacon starts making its way into salad dressings, offering a smoky, savory note that’s instantly beloved.
  • Today: Bacon Dressing stands out as a flavorful choice for those looking to add a robust touch to their salads.

Tips for Making Bacon Dressing:

  • Cook the Bacon Crispy: Ensure your bacon is well-cooked to achieve that desirable crunch.
  • Balance the Flavors: Adjust the sugar and vinegar according to your preference for the perfect balance between sweetness and tang.
  • High-Quality Ingredients: Opt for good quality bacon, vinegar, and oil for the best taste.
  • Fresh is Best: Make your dressing fresh to enjoy the fullest flavors. It can be stored in the fridge but is best enjoyed shortly after preparation.
  • Customization: Feel free to tweak the recipe by adding herbs or adjusting the seasoning to suit your palate.

This recipe for Bacon Dressing sounds so good to me and I really want to try it with a simple spinach salad.

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Bacon Dressing Recipe Card

Bacon Dressing

This recipe card for Bacon Dressing is handwritten in pencil on a standard-size lined index card.

There is a notation in the upper right-hand corner that the recipe was from the Johnsville Cookbook I, page 143.

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Bacon Dressing Recipe

Bacon Dressing offers an irresistibly rich and flavorful addition to any salad. Its unique blend of ingredients ensures that your greens are anything but ordinary. Whether you’re serving it at a casual family dinner or a special gathering, this dressing is sure to impress. Dive into the delightful world of Bacon Dressing and transform your salads into culinary masterpieces.

Bacon Dressing

Bacon Dressing (VRP 001)


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 3 tablespoons crisp bacon


  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar
  3. Add 2 tablespoons oil
  4. Blend well
  5. Alternate the rest of the vinegar and oil
  6. Beat 2 minutes with fork
  7. Mix the bacon with 4 tablespoons dressing
  8. Blend with salad

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