Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Get Your Salad On with Warm Bacon Dressing!


Summer is here and it’s salad time! We love salads anytime of the year but Summer just sings salad. Whether it’s a spinach salad, a romaine salad or a combination of spring greens, salads are a great way to get your veggies in.

I know not all family members are privy to salads so that’s when I whip out my secret to get picky eaters eating salad. My secret is ….. (drum roll please) … bacon! Yep … I said bacon. Everyone loves bacon that’s for sure. If you get a little lonely in the kitchen and crave some family attention (especially of the male persuasion) all you need to do is start frying some bacon and they will come! This theory is proven in my house. It works every time … try it yourself you’ll see.

So, what do you do with that bacon you’re frying? When the bacon has finished browning drain on a paper towel and reserve the bacon drippings by putting it in a small saucepan.  When the bacon has drained completely crumble or chop to use as a topping on your choice of salad greens and chopped veggies but reserve just a little bit.

Now, here comes the best part, make a Warm Bacon Dressing! I know a warm dressing on a cold salad seems a bit oxymoronish but it is simply fabulous! Warm Bacon Dressing is one of those dressings that are salad specific particularly for Spinach Salad. While it is wonderful on Spinach Salad I found it to be especially wonderful on any salad you create. However, a word of advice, if you are using delicate spring greens make sure to let the dressing cool just slightly and dress your salad lightly with dressing so the delicate greens do not wilt. It’s really a simple procedure and the reward of getting picky salad eaters eating salad well …. just plain makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Here’s how simple it is:

Ingredients: 
  • Bacon drippings from 6 to 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sucanat or honey (I usually use honey)
  • ½ teaspoon of Dijon or Course Grain Mustard (Course Grain Mustard is our fav)
  • Reserved chopped bacon
  • A pinch of sea salt and course ground black pepper 

Directions:

In a small saucepan on low heat, whisk in all the ingredients above with the exception of the chopped bacon. Season with salt and pepper, give it one more whisk and add the reserved chopped bacon, give it a stir.

Add the dressing to your prepared salad and toss. Top salad with crumbled/chopped bacon and voila! Now wasn’t that easy? 
Note: You might think this will not make enough dressing for the entire salad. Don’t think like that lol … remember bacon drippings are a fat and a little fat goes a long way so do not over dress your salad you will end up with a greasy, wilty mess on your hands, trust me, experience talking here lol!

Do you have a secret ingredient for getting your picky eaters to eat salad? Let us know in the comment section below or on our Facebook Page!

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