Wilted Spinach Salad with Chicken & Honey Mustard Dressing

A wilted spinach salad, simple and nourishing, offers an excellent way to incorporate fresh winter greens onto your supper table during the long, dark days of winter when hardy spinach is plentiful. Heating the spinach very slightly, as in this wilted spinach salad recipe requires, provides a dual purpose: not only does it make the dish more suitable for cold days when fresh, raw greens can be unappealing, but it also helps to mitigate the effects of oxalic acid – an antinutrient naturally found in spinach and other greens.

wilted spinach salad

By Jenny Published: January 18, 2010

  • Yield: 04 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins

Fresh spinach and chicken combine with the smokiness of bacon and sweetness of apples for a satisfying winter salad.


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup prepared honey mustard dressing
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small red onion (sliced into rounds)
  • 1 small apple (sliced thin)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken (chopped into bite-sized pieces)


  1. Fry four slices bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan, turn off the heat and gently stir ¼ cup honey mustard dressing into the rendered bacon grease. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Toss remaining ingredients together, garnish with fried bacon and dress with the mixture of bacon grease and honey mustard dressing.

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  1. bobcat says

    Where in the recipe does the spinach get wilted?

    I never realized I needed to wilt spinach (always ate it raw), so I’m not sure how to do it. Do you put fat in the pan first, how long do I leave the spinach in there, etc?

    Thank you!

    • CINDEE says


      • Jenny says

        Cindee –

        The instructions for wilting the spinach are included in the second step when a HOT dressing is added to uncooked spinach. And, yes, the recipe calls for uncooked spinach, because the spinach is wilted until tender in the second step. I know reading is hard and all, but, really …

  2. says

    I think the spinach will get slightly wilted from the warm dressing?

    It sounds so good, it makes me wish I had some leftover chicken since I have all of the other ingredients.

  3. Marilyn says

    My Dad used to wilt all kinds of greens for salad by pouring HOT
    bacon grease over them. But he mixed a little cider vinegar into
    the bacon grease.

  4. Julie H. says

    Love it! It’s been awhile since I’ve had this type of salad and it’s going on the menu for next week, thanks!

  5. Jenny says

    Devin –

    The spinach in this salad will become slightly wilted when the warm dressing is added.  It doesn’t cook the greens through; rather, it just wilts them very slightly.  So what you’ll do is prepare the salad and set it aside then heat the bacon grease and honey mustard dressing until well-combined and pour that mixture over the spinach.

    Hope that helps –


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