A light, fresh salad for a summer’s day.
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen. This year I had some lettuce volunteer to grow in one of my pots. I ignored it and it grew and grew and grew. In fact, it was about 2 feet tall when I took the picture below on Sunday. I decided to make a salad with some of it and cut off about a third of it for dinner. I remembered that my mom made a salad dressing with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, but I didn’t remember the proportions and decided I’d wait to experiment on that dressing another time.
I looked up a recipe in James Beard’s American Cookery cookbook. All of his cookbooks always have good, traditional recipes. Since leaf lettuce is a little bitter, I wanted something with sugar in it to offset that bitterness. This recipe, which is similar to a hot bacon dressing used on spinach salads, was delicious. James Beard says to serve it in a warm bowl, but I didn’t do that and it was scrumptious anyway. And despite the fact that I cut the onions too wide (I used a sweet Visalia onion), it was still really good!
- 2 cups Leaf lettuce (or baby spinach is good, too)
- 1/2 a Vidalia onion, sliced in thin rounds or diced
- 2 slices bacon
- 1 hard-boiled egg, cut into small pieces (optional)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Wash the lettuce and pat it dry.
- Slice the onions and toss them on top of the lettuce.
- Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and crumble over the top of the lettuce.
- In the same frying pan, pour in the sugar, vinegar and Dijon mustard, and whisk until smooth and syrupy.
- Crumble the bacon and toss it across the lettuce.
- If using the egg, add it now.
- Immediately pour the sauce over the lettuce and serve promptly.[br][br]NOTE: Since I had precooked bacon, I simply warmed up the bacon in the pan with a little olive oil and then continued with the rest of the recipe as written above. Olive oil is better for you than bacon grease, so I suggest you try the recipe this way. [br] [url href=”https://recipeideashop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/RIS_LOGO-22-300×63.jpg”][img src=”https://recipeideashop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/RIS_LOGO-22-300×63.jpg” width=”300″ height=”63″ class=”alignleft size-medium” title=”RIS_LOGO-2″ alt=”Recipe Idea Shop logo”][/url]