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Wilted Lettuce

Wilted Lettuce Recipe

A hot, tangy dressing made with bacon grease, vinegar and sugar poured over garden-fresh lettuce and green onions.
Course Salad


  • 1 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 8 cups fresh garden lettuce
  • splash heavy cream, optional


  • Fry bacon in a large skillet (I like to use a cast iron skillet) over medium heat.
  • Remove the bacon when done and set aside, leaving grease in skillet.
  • Add vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to the bacon drippings.
  • Allow the mixture to continue to cook, stirring frequently until it begins to slightly boil. 
  • Remove from heat and add cream.
  • In a salad bowl, combine lettuce, crumbled bacon and green onions. 
  • Drizzle hot dressing over salad and toss.