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Hot Bacon Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

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  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 2 8-ounce balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

hot bacon dressing

  • 3 tablespoons  bacon fat
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • slices bacon crumbled


  • Layer the tomatoes, mozzarella slices and fresh basil on a plate or platter however you would like. Season with the salt and the pepper. Drizzle with the hot bacon dressing serve immediately.

hot bacon dressing

  • Add the bacon grease, minced garlic, vinegar, sugar and mustard to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the dressing slightly emulsifies. Season with the salt and pepper. Before serving, add in the crumbled bacon. You can keep this over low heat while stirring occasionally until ready to serve. I suggest reheating it in a saucepan like so. This is the combo I’ve come to love over the years, but you can experiment with different vinegars, more bacon fat and other spices too!

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