Jun 10, 2009

Summer Salad

 

When I posted my favorite sandwich, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this salad would make its appearance here. Bacon and avocado were simply meant to be eaten together; they really compliment each other. Throw in a simple but special dressing made of gorgeous Roma tomatoes, oil and a hint of garlic and all is well in my world. 

This is the salad I used to eat all the time when I was still a low-carber. I still it eat it a lot because, well, it has everything in it I absolutely adore. Do me a favor and try this salad the next time you have friends over; you whip it up in virtually no time, but it never ceases to impress people. It’s just that good.

 

Ingredients:

 

Salad:

4oz bacon
1 avocado
romaine lettuce
mozzarella
red onion
rocket (or other salad leaves)

Tomato Dressing:

3 Roma tomatoes
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tbsp oil
pepper
salt

 

Directions:

* I’ve made a salad for 2 and didn’t give exact quantities because, well, it just really doesn’t matter. Use the amounts you like and that feel and look right on your plate.

I’ve got 3 gorgeous, juicy and bright red Roma tomatoes here. I’ve cut an x at the bottom of each tomato.

 

Plunged them in boiling water for roughly 30 seconds and then straight into really cold water.

 

This will make the skin slide right off. No more butchering those poor defenseless tomatoes, you hear me!

 

Squeeze out most of the seeds. Don’t fret about a seed or two still being in there.

 

Give the tomatoes a rough chop.

 

Transfer them to a blender, or be like me, and use your immersion blender. I use my immersion blender for almost everything. Add 4 tbsp oil, 1 coarsely chopped garlic clove, 2 tbsp red wine vinegar and a really good pinch of salt and pepper.

 

See where we’re going with this? Blend or blitz until you have a smooth, cheerful orange dressing chock-full of flavor. This tastes like summer to me. Check the seasoning, it might need an extra pinch of salt. This dressing is highly addictive and works beautifully with the avocado and bacon. I even dip my bread in it, but well, that’s just me.

 

I’ve cooked the bacon over low heat until it was golden brown and crispy. Drain them on a paper towel.

 

Finely slice the red onion.

 

I’m using 3 crispy baby romaine (little gem) leaves per person. Wash and dry them.

 

Just break a boll of mozzarella with your hands. Don’t cut it; that looks way too clean. You want it to look a little rustic, so just yank it in coarse pieces.

 

I’ve also picked a handful of rocket from my back yard. Wash and dry the salad leaves.

 

I’m going for 1/2 an avocado per person. I cut each half in two, so I end up with four parts.

 

Just start layering them anyway you like. Get creative. I always start with the romaine, toss the mozzarella, bacon and onion on top. Kinda squeeze the rocket leaves in between and end with the avocado pieces.

 

Tip: a small handful of Parmesan curls finishes the salad really well.
 

 

Drizzle the tomato dressing over the avocado, crack some black pepper on top and serve the rest in a separate bowl. Throw in a big chunk of fresh white bread with a little home made butter and you’re good to go. This salad took me all of 10 minutes to make. Does this look pretty or what?


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    48 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks really beautiful, Kay!

      Joy on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:04 pm Reply
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      It’s only 9:00 a.m. here, but I’m craving this salad now. It looks incredible!! Wonderful recipe and, as always, gorgeous photos. Such vivid colors! How do you do that??

      Lana on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:05 pm Reply
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      I really like the idea of using tomatoes for a dressing. Best salad I’ve seen in a loooooooong time.

      Michelle on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:10 pm Reply
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      @Lana:

      I got pretty lucky with the light in my kitchen, but shooting in raw really helps a lot!

      Kay on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:11 pm Reply
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      I know it’s winter here but I’m going to make this! That dressing looks so good, I want to eat it with a spoon! And whats not to love about bacon?

      Diane on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:14 pm Reply
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      Your salad looks scrumtious. Will def try this.

      Maya on Jun 10, 2009 @ 3:40 pm Reply
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      Hello Kay. Just wanted to let you know that I love your recipes. I have noticed that you don’t have you recipes on your gorgeous recipe cards. They were precious. Connie

      Connie on Jun 10, 2009 @ 4:36 pm Reply
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      @Connie:

      Thanks Connie! They’re still there, the beef sausages had a recipe card attached to the posting. I just wish I had time to add a recipe card to each recipe, but unfortunately I don’t.

      There are two different printable pages on my site, one with and one without photos. There are also email features available!

      Kay on Jun 10, 2009 @ 4:41 pm Reply
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      I can see that it would be impressive, especially with fresh tomatoes, YIPEE!

      I made your Indonesian chicken salad. LOVED it!

      Lori on Jun 10, 2009 @ 5:02 pm Reply
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      This looks delicious! I love your tomato dressing.

      HoneyB on Jun 10, 2009 @ 8:00 pm Reply
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      I don’t know what I’m more envious of, the way you cook or the way you photograph. Awesome recipe, Kay!

      Tessa on Jun 10, 2009 @ 8:54 pm Reply
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      I think I just found the salad I’m serving for Father’s Day dinner this year! Boys will eat anything as long as you put bacon in it! ;)

      Karly on Jun 10, 2009 @ 9:15 pm Reply
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      @Karly:

      My little man won’t come anywhere near lettuce that still looks like lettuce, but he does pick out the bacon, mozzarella and avocado. It works :)

      Kay on Jun 10, 2009 @ 9:18 pm Reply
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      What a beautiful salad! All my favorite things. Rocket = arugula? Is that correct?

      Karen on Jun 10, 2009 @ 9:23 pm Reply
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      @Karen:

      I think it’s also named Arugala or Roquette, yes!

      Kay on Jun 10, 2009 @ 9:25 pm Reply
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      Hello Kay, I would have never thought about making a tomato dressing. I definitely have to try that one. And yes your pictures are amazing :)

      Arrisje on Jun 11, 2009 @ 12:15 am Reply
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      all the ingredients we love here in this household……..avocados are beautiful right now. Perfect for summer. Avocados are not cheap here how costly are they in your land?

      doodles on Jun 11, 2009 @ 2:25 am Reply
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      First, I LOVE the salad dressing concept. Yummy. Secondly, I agree bacon and avocado’s were made for each other!

      Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet on Jun 11, 2009 @ 4:06 am Reply
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      I’m usually too shy to comment on any website (I know…this is the internet) but I have to this time. Ever since your avocado and bacon sandwich was posted, I’ve been hooked. I even got my avocado disliking husband to eat it! I’m seriously addicted to anything avocado now but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. :)

      Thank you sooo much for posting this. I know what we’ll be eating this weekend!

      Kristin on Jun 11, 2009 @ 4:42 am Reply
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      This salad looks wonderful and your photos are fantastic! You’re right – the creaminess of avocados compliments the crispy, saltiness of bacon so perfectly.

      Cookin' Canuck on Jun 11, 2009 @ 5:30 am Reply
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      @doodles:

      Not really cheap here either unfortunately, they’re somewhere around E1,00 to E1,25 per piece.

      Kay on Jun 11, 2009 @ 7:21 am Reply
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      @KristinI totally understand the addiction :)

      Kay on Jun 11, 2009 @ 7:22 am Reply
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      Thanks for the great looking recipe. Kinda a strange coincidence that you and Pioneer Woman both posted salad recipes today. Now I just have to decide which to try first. I think I am going to go for yours first, I love avocado in almost anything (incredible omelet ingredient). I never even would have thought about pureeing tomatoes for dressing, and I think I’ll use some shredded mozzarella just because fresh mozzarella is kinda hard to find around here.

      Aaron B from IL (USA) on Jun 11, 2009 @ 7:51 am Reply
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      @Aaron B from IL (USA):

      Kinda a strange coincidence that you and Pioneer Woman both posted salad recipes today.

      Yeah, I was also surprised to see photos and a recipe idea similar to mine pop up in her flickr only days after I posted my photos there. That also happened with the meatballs posting I did. I don’t know, maybe a lot of food bloggers pick each others brain or something? I notice she’s also using the same storyboards as me now. I’m flattered :)

      Where are you that mozzarella is hard to find?

      Kay on Jun 11, 2009 @ 7:58 am Reply
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      @Aaron B from IL (USA):

      JUst now noticed you’re in Illinois. Duh!!

      Kay on Jun 11, 2009 @ 8:07 am Reply

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