This spinach salad with black-eyed peas is a twist on one of my favorite culinary traditions: serving beans and greens on New Year's Day. Greens represent paper money and beans symbolize coins. Here I present these ingredients in salad form, which is a great delivery system for hot bacon dressing.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir bacon with 1/4 cup vegetable in a skillet over medium heat until bacon is browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour bacon into a strainer set over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup of bacon drippings.

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  • Return skillet to medium heat. Stir onions and salt into the skillet; cook and stir until onions are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant and golden, 1 minute.

  • Stir cider vinegar, rice vinegar, 1/2 cup water, sugar, and Dijon mustard into onion mixture. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer.

  • Whisk 2 teaspoons water and cornstarch in a bowl. Gradually pour cornstarch mixture into onion mixture and whisk until thickened. 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

  • Drizzle reserved 1/3 cup bacon drippings into onion mixture, whisking constantly. Add cooked bacon and stir to combine. Season with cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper to taste.

  • Combine spinach, black-eyed peas, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes in a large bowl; toss to combine. Drizzle hot bacon dressing over spinach mixture; toss quickly and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

430 calories; protein 11.6g; carbohydrates 34.4g; fat 28.3g; cholesterol 26.1mg; sodium 673.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2012
I used green onions, no veggie oil, no peas or mushrooms. I added hard boiled eggs to the spinach. Everyone loved it. The recipe Makes about six hearty servings. The sugar could be adjusted downward perhaps. Really loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2018
The dressing was way too sweet. I should have heeded comments by other reviewers. My bf thought it had fruit in it -probably the apple cider. Not a fan. First disappointing recipe from Chef John but each his own. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2012
I used green onions, no veggie oil, no peas or mushrooms. I added hard boiled eggs to the spinach. Everyone loved it. The recipe Makes about six hearty servings. The sugar could be adjusted downward perhaps. Really loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2012
Gawd, I loved this Chef John! I've made hot bacon dressing for years, but yours is the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2013
excellent, will use less sugar next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2015
We originally had this at a high end restaurant. This seems like the same thing with one exception. They added thin slices of hard boiled egg to the salad. Highly recommend you try it with the egg. Fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2019
watch the video! I wanted to skip the oil until watched the video cut bacon with kitchen shears. added 2 hard boiled eggs because I like eggs in my spinach salad. other than that followed recipe. make sure you have all your chopping and measuring done ahead. awesome! It has become our New Year's day Tradtion 5 years running Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2013
This is clearly the best hot dressing recipe there is. My spinach salad consisted of spinach hard boiled eggs tomatoes cucs carrots shredded cheddar and restraint style croutons. My husband doesn't care for hot dressing and gobbled it up looking for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2013
Loved this recipe. I added hard-boiled eggs instead of black-eyed peas. This was wonderful. You can't go wrong with Chef John's recipes. I love just about everything he makes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2013
I did not cook the onion and used a sweet Vidalia onion - perfect dressing - tastes like the one my grandmother made! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
This was my first foray into warm bacon dressing! So good! I don't even care for black-eyed peas but they were great in this dish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2018
The dressing was way too sweet. I should have heeded comments by other reviewers. My bf thought it had fruit in it -probably the apple cider. Not a fan. First disappointing recipe from Chef John but each his own. Read More