Wilted Lettuce Salad

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When you’re tired of the same old salad, you’ll want to make this Wilted Salad. It’s still a simple meal solution but the savory homemade dressing offers fresh new flavor… and bacon. What’s not to love?!

When you're tired of the same old salad, you'll want to make this Wilted Salad. It's still a simple meal solution but the savory homemade dressing offers fresh new flavor... and bacon. What's not to love?!

Wilted Salad might conjure up thoughts of old lettuce shoved in the back of your refrigerator, but you couldn’t be more wrong. The base of this salad is made with 3 types of fresh crisp greens: leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce and spinach. The wilted part comes when you finish it with a warm tangy bacon dressing, but we’ll get to that next. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, it will be soon.

After you fry up some bacon, you’ll let it cool a few minutes then crumble it over the salad before adding the dressing and finishing off each serving with half a hard boiled egg.

And that brings us to the dressing. You aren’t going to buy mediocre bacon dressing from the store. Instead, we’re showing you how to make it with ingredients you likely have at home – red wine vinegar, salt, sugar, and, of course, bacon. Or rather, bacon drippings from the bacon you tossed into the salad.

The dressing has just the right balance of sweet, salty and tangy that makes you keep going back for another bite. It doesn’t make the salad soggy, but you’ll want to eat it immediately after preparing for ultimate freshness.

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Wilted Lettuce Salad

When you’re tired of the same old salad, you’ll want to make this Wilted Salad. It’s still a simple meal solution but the savory homemade dressing offers fresh new flavor… and bacon. What’s not to love?!

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups leaf lettuce cut into bite sizes
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce cut into bite sizes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 hard-boiled egg cut in half

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, spinach and green onion. Set aside.
  2. Heat frying pan over medium heat, add bacon strips. Cook about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Remove the bacon from heat and cool off.
  3. Add red wine vinegar, water, sugar and salt to the bacon drippings. Whisk vigorously.
  4. Pour the dressing over salad.
  5. Crumble the bacon and add it to the salad. Mix everything together well.
  6. Top each serving with one-half the hard boiled egg.

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When you're tired of the same old salad, you'll want to make this Wilted Salad. It's still a simple meal solution but the savory homemade dressing offers fresh new flavor... and bacon. What's not to love?!
#saladrecipe #bacondressing

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for supporting The Cookful!

When you're tired of the same old salad, you'll want to make this Wilted Salad. It's still a simple meal solution but the savory homemade dressing offers fresh new flavor... and bacon. What's not to love?!
#saladrecipe #bacondressing

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.