Lamb's Lettuce & Crispy Bacon Salad
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. 😀
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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 🙂
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!
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 🙂