One evening as I was out and about running errands, I asked my husband to make us a salad for dinner. It's so nice to have a hubby who is willing cook and help in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, he has come a long way from not knowing how to cook much of anything, to dazzling me in the kitchen.
Of course, whenever I say salad, his reply is always the same. "What is this s-a-l-a-d thing that you speak of". Does anyone else's husband think salads are funny? Anyway, what he came up with that night was absolutely delicious and one of our favorite salads that we have often as our main course.
This recipe is so easy, you almost don't need a recipe, but I'm going to give you the basics and you can add or change it up to make it your own.
Bacon, Lettuce, and Potato Salad!
You will need:
- 1 lb of bacon
- 1lb of Yukon Gold potatoes diced
- 3 heads of crispy romain lettuce
- any extras you'd like to add in. I like red and yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, purple onion etc.
Start by cutting your lb of bacon in a cast iron skillet. Cook on medium to medium high, allowing for the bacon grease to release. This salad is all about the flavor of bacon. I like to use my kitchen shears to cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and drop them into the sizzling pan.
Next, remove your bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the remaining bacon grease in the pan. Next, add your diced potatoes one layer at a time, and fry them up in the skillet. Remember the skillet is doing it's job to brown the potatoes, so don't try to stir them to quickly as they may stick. Keep working in batches frying up the potatoes, removing with a slotted spoon, until all of them have been cooked.
This is one of those instances where I had planned to get a final photo of the assembled salad, but once everyone found out bacon was involved, the chaos in the kitchen prevented such.
Assemble each bowl with lettuce, bacon, potatoes and any other additions that you would like. We like bell peppers, sometimes onions, and sometimes whatever fresh vegetable is in the fridge. It is a very forgiving salad, and according to my family anything with bacon is delicious, no matter how you eat it.
Balsamic & Garlic Dressing
You will need:
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon powdered or freshly chopped garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup olive oil
Shake all ingredients in a mason jar and you're set to go!
Want to take this salad on the go? Fill the bottom of a quart mason jar with 1-2T of the Balsamic & Garlic dressing. Next, fill the jar with your crisp romain lettuce, top with bacon and potatoes. Seal with a lid. When you are ready to indulge, give the jar a slight shake to coat the lettuce in the dressing, open and enjoy!
I hope your family enjoys this salad as much as we do. It is a fantastic base for getting loads of veggies in your family.