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Wilted Lettuce Salad with Bacon Dressing

Wilted lettuce salad used to be something that I would only have in the spring, early summer or early fall when I could harvest the leaf lettuce from our garden. However, today I can buy great leaf lettuce almost year round at a hydroponic grower in our region making wilted lettuce salad a year-round treat.

In fact, I often buy the hydroponically grown lettuce when other leaf lettuce is available at the market. Why? First, cleaning it it much easier. Second, I really want to support the local hydroponic farm. I love knowing where and who grows my food. Finally, the same type of lettuce is billed as “living lettuce” in the natural food stores…it still has its roots.It does seem to last a long time in the refrigerator.

The type of lettuce I most often use to make a wilted lettuce salad is oak leaf, but any leaf lettuce works well. It depends upon your personal taste preferences and availability. Thinly sliced onions and/or bacon can be added to the lettuce before the dressing is added.


: Wilted Lettuce Salad with Bacon Dressing

  1. 1 – 2 bunches of leaf lettuce
  2. 4 -5 slices of bacon
  3. 1/3 c. cider vinegar*
  4. 1/3 c. sugar*

  1. Clean and separate lettuce leaves. Place on paper towels to dry.
  2. Cook bacon in a large frying pan.
  3. Remove fully cooked bacon.
  4. Leave grease in pan.
  5. Be sure to remove pan from heat, add vinegar, and sugar. *Amount of each should be adusted to amount of bacon grease and individual taste. Start with equal amounts of both the sugar and vinegar and adjust to taste.
  6. Return pan to heat and cook until it boils and sugar is totally dissolved. It should thicken slightly.
  7. Remove pan from heat again.
  8. Place lettuce in a bowl in which hot dressing can be poured.
  9. Pour dressing over lettuce and coat lettuce thoroughly. (It will reduce lettuce volume).
  10. Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. Yum! One of my favorite salads is Boston bibb lettuce with bacon bits, tomato wedges, and green goddess dressing! Your dressing looks so delish too!

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