There's Bacon In It: A Salad Recipe That Will Make You Exclaim, "SALAD!"; Not Cry, "Ugh, Salad?!"

by Vikki Schembri
There's Bacon In It: A Salad Recipe That Will Make You Exclaim,

Beautiful weather is on its way; and is there anything more satisfying than eating a crunchy salad in the sun?! Here’s one that is delicious and will pair nicely with any BBQ meal you have this summer!

I ate this salad this weekend and made a few changes to the original recipe I found online. I love light dressings that allow the sweetness of the apples and cabbage to shine through, so I made a simpler one than what was suggested. Ingredients with a 1 are from the original, and a 2 is my suggestion.

Here are the Ingredients you will need:

  • 8 ounces sliced bacon (not thick-cut, about 9 slices), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey 1
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1
  • Juice of ½ lemon2
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small head green cabbage (approx 2 pounds or 10 cups) shredded
  • 10 brussel sprouts, shredded
  • 1 sweet, red apple (ex. Pink Lady or Royal Gala)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

And here’s how to put them together:

  1. Fry the bacon until it is crisp and browned. Transfer it onto paper towel-lined plate to get rid of excess fat. Save ¼ cup of bacon fat.
  2. Original recipe suggests this for the dressing: Place vinegar 1, oil, honey1, mustard1, and salt in a large salad bowl and whisk to combine. Add in green onions. Add reserved bacon fat and whisk into the dressing
    My suggested alternative: Place oil, and lemon juice2 in large salad bowl. Whisk to combine. Add in green onions.
  3. Place the shredded cabbage in the salad bowl with dressing. And toss to combine.
  4. Core and cut the apple into ½ inch pieces (no need to peel). Add apple, bacon and parsley to the cabbage and dressing. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Let sit for a while - 15 minutes or so - to let the flavors blend real nice together... Mmm, yeah. THEN EAT IT!

If you need to know the nutritional information, I did some computing using Very Well Fit and have them posted below.

Enjoy this delicious & nutritious salad – and the sunshine!!