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a bowl of finished wilted lettuce salad

Wilted Lettuce Salad

A southern classic, wilted lettuce salad was the way grandmothers used to make do with what they had but the combination of bacon grease (yes that's what I said), vinegar, and sugar makes the most divine dressing served warm over greens. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 204kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 5 slices of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings you can get rid of the rest of it
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 green onion tops sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6-8 cups torn lettuce pieces (I use mixed greens but anything will work except Romaine)
  • 1 hard boiled egg diced


  • Once you have cooked your bacon and drained all but 1/4 cup bacon drippings from your skillet, return the pan to low heat and add the vinegar, water, sugar, green onions, salt and pepper and stir to dissolve the sugar--about 1 minute.
  • Heat the dressing until very warm but not boiling and turn off the heat.
  • Pour the dressing over your lettuce and toss well.
  • Add the bacon and crumbled egg and serve warm.


Calories: 204kcal