Place the bacon bits in a skillet over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat has rendered out and the bits are nice and crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain the grease.
Remove all but 3 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pan.
Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
Remove from the heat and add the cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and maple syrup. Add most of the bacon bits, reserving some for your salad, if desired. Whisk until well combined then taste and add more vinegar, syrup or mustard, if needed, to taste. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
Serve immediately or transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid and store in the refrigerator until needed. Reheat gently and whisk well before serving. Enjoy.