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Lamb’s Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad


Lamb's Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad

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Something simple, quick, and light that suits my palate would be great. I don’t feel the summer has arrived, so I want to make it feel like one! I question myself when I look at the weather forecast, “Where has the UK’s summer gone??” I probably should put in some effort to understand the term “English Summer” by now. I am not putting in more hope, I will accept the fact that there’s no summer this year as Autumn/Winter Collection has already arrived.

I may sound pathetic. I never have to complain about not seeing the sun for ages but now I am in the position of asking such question. I used to complain how warm it was in Malaysia and I wished we had colder climate. And now, I wish we have warmer climate in the UK. Grass is always greener at the other side!

Gale is probably a word that has never been used in Malaysian weather forecast. I hate the howl of the gale. I hate to be outside when there’s this very strong gust of wind! Could you imagine a day in “summer” with gale that almost blown the newspapers away from my hands when I was reading it in an open space? Even how tidy my hair, it ended up tangled and messy by the time I reached home! Enough of my side of story about how “great” my “summer” is so far….

So, to make it as summery as possible, I opted for some really fresh ingredients. Something that is suitable to create the summer feel. Lamb’s Lettuce is probably one of my favourite leaves in salad. With crispy bacon, I think it makes them perfect match! I ended up with Lamb’s Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad.

Lamb’s Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad is very easy to prepare, no cooking required except to pan fried the bacon until crispy. I usually trim most of the fat so that it’s less greasy and more healthy. 😀

Lamb's Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad

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For the Lamb’s Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad:

4 bacon strips
200g cherry plum tomatoes, halved
1x 250g packet of lamb’s lettuce
2 radishes, sliced

For the Dressings:

2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of salt


1. In a pan over medium high heat, fry the bacon strips until golden brown and set aside to cool.

2. Put cherry plum tomatoes, lamb’s lettuce and radishes in a salad bowl, give it a good toss. Meanwhile put all the ingredients of the dressings in a jar, cover with a lid and give it a good shake, set aside.

3. Divide equal portion of salad onto individual plates, top with the bacon strips and drizzle generous amount of the dressing over. Serve at room temperature.



  • This looks great. I especially like the dressing! Over here summer’s been… brief, to say the least. Nothing in our garden has grown even a little bit. Oh well, better luck next year.

  • Su-Lin says:

    That looks good for a hot summer…shame we’re not having that! 😛

    Oh, and just to let you know that I’ve awarded you the Brillante Weblog Premio 2008!

  • matt wright says:

    did someone say bacon? lol. A great looking fresh salad indeed! You can do so many variations too – swap out the bacon for proscuitto, add some figs (Great right now) – I think I will make this for a few lunches next week!

  • Fearless Kitchen,
    I agree with you that the summer has been really brief 🙁 It feels like it’s gonna be winter soon. It’s disappointing to hear that nothing has grown in your garden. I wish a better weather soon…

    Yeah, it’s really a real shame about summer this year.. always rainy and grey 🙁
    Thanks for the award, I will pop by to check out!

    Thank you. I agree with you that Prosciutto and figs would be a great idea! Thanks for the suggestions! I guess I will try out really soon as I need to make my summer really summery! LOL!!

  • beachlover says:

    I love my salad mix with bacon.yes I know ,I know it’s not healthy….but once awhile is ok..hehehe!!.I never see of lamb lettuce b4?.How it’s taste?.I like the shape and texture..

  • Just move to sunny California. 😛

  • I received the cookbook, thanks so much. Must have cost a lot in shipping, that’s a giant & heavy book.

    Terima kasih banyak2.

  • kate says:

    haha i know what you mean by the grass is greener on the other side. When i’m in HK i miss the relaxed life of Africa n when i’m here i miss the buzz of the big city !!!
    The salad looks just perfect, only thing i would change would be the bacon – no pork for me 🙂

  • Beachlover,
    I agree that once in a while is ok to have bacon 🙂 Well, lamb’s lettuce is a good mix in a salad as it hasn’t got strong taste like rocket leaves for example. It’s not bitter either as some leaves are a bit bitter. Lamb’s lettuce brings a bit of sweet taste and it’s very light. Good for summer 🙂 or just about anytime!

  • Rasa Malaysia,
    Great that you got the cookbook! I hope you like it 🙂

    Well, I guess we human are never satisfied with what we have… 🙁
    I guess for vegetarian, perhaps can add fruits or other leaves to make it even more interesting 🙂

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