April 30, 2015

Wilted Leaf Lettuce Salad

One of our favorite salads is a Wilted Lettuce Salad.   The green, leafy lettuce is the healthy part.  Leaf Lettuce is a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins and minerals.  The bacon grease dressing, well, the word "grease" says it all.    Do you think the bacon grease in the dressing cancels out the healthy goodness of the green leaf lettuce?  

Last night, we grilled out New York Strip steaks.  Our sides were baked potatoes and Wilted Lettuce Salad.   The star of this plate of food was the Wilted Lettuce Salad.

You can also make this salad with fresh spinach instead of leaf lettuce.  

If you want your vitamins and minerals, and if you LOVE bacon, try this salad.  You won't be disappointed!

Wilted Leaf Lettuce Salad

1 head of leaf lettuce
1 small to medium tomato
1 hardboiled egg
4 slices of bacon

For the Dressing

Bacon Grease rendered from bacon
Equals amounts of Balsamic Vinegar and Sugar (I used about 1/4 cup bacon grease, vinegar and sugar)

Cut lettuce up and place in a salad bowl.  Add chopped tomato and crumbled bacon.

To make the dressing:

In the skillet that the bacon was fried in, add Balsamic Vinegar and Sugar to the bacon grease rendered from frying the bacon.  Heat together over medium heat stirring constantly, until the bacon grease, vinegar, and sugar are thoroughly mixed together.   (If the bacon renders a lot of grease, you will need to pour out some of it.  Just use your judgment on how much you think you will need.)

Immediately pour dressing over the lettuce, tomato and bacon.  Salt and pepper to taste.  With a large fork and spoon, toss salad to make sure all the lettuce is coated.  Add sliced egg to top of salad and add a bit more salt and pepper to egg slices.

Serve to family and friends!!

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