Wilted lettuce salad has always been my favorite summer salad.

Wilted Lettuce Salad - The Southern Lady Cooks

This wilted lettuce salad is easy to prepare using fresh garden vegetables and the dressing makes it delicious.  The first time I have this salad in summer, I cannot quit eating it.  When I was young, my father always grew a huge garden each year and we all looked forward to this salad.  You can double the recipe if you need more but this salad does not keep well refrigerated and should be served immediately after adding the dressing.  You might also like our recipe for Tomato Zucchini Salad. If you have not tried this salad, you are missing out on a real treat your family will love and enjoy.

Wilted lettuce garden salad Ingredients needed:

1 bunch of fresh leaf lettuce

bacon, cooked, crumbled

green onions with tops


bacon drippings

white granulated sugar

apple cider vinegar

Equipment needed:

Stove top pan

Large mixing bowl

This salad makes about 4 servings so you can always double it for a larger crowd. The dressing really does make this one delicious! Some people don’t add the radishes to this salad but I think they make it even better and my mother always added radishes from the garden. We love to serve this with our grilled chicken.


Wilted lettuce salad

Wilted lettuce salad

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5 from 4 votes

Wilted Lettuce Salad

This Wilted Lettuce Salad is a classic! It's absolutely delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: easy salad, hot salad, wilted lettuce salad, wilted salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 bunch of fresh leaf lettuce or about 4 or 5 cups of chopped lettuce
  • 4 or 5 slices bacon cooked, crumbled and set aside (save drippings)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops
  • 4 or 5 radishes sliced
  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  • Combine lettuce, bacon, green onions and radishes in a salad bowl.
  • Heat bacon drippings, sugar and vinegar on top of the stove until sizzling and sugar is melted.
  • Pour over salad and toss.  Serve immediately.  Makes about 4 servings.

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