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May 13, 2021

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

This wilted mixed green salad with bacon and blue cheese is a fabulous salad to bring to a family reunion or barbecue. Plus, it's a delicious way to get more dark leafy greens onto everyone's plate. 

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon Dressing




This salad will feed a crowd, and can easily be doubled. All you need is a really big salad bowl to toss everything together. 

This salad is a take on warm spinach salad, but instead it is loaded with all kinds of "power" greens such as kale, red and green chard, spinach, arugula, and other dark leafy greens. I like to buy the packages of mixed power greens that have already been washed and trimmed. 

Wilted Greens salad in salad bowl



You dress this salad with a hot bacon dressing, which wilts the greens just enough, but not too much. 

How to make hot bacon dressing:

First, fry bacon slices in a skillet until they are fully cooked, and drain the slices on a paper towel lined plate, leaving the rendered fat in the pan. 

Next, once your salad is assembled, reheat the bacon drippings in the skillet over medium heat and add cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper, and cook for a couple of minutes to bring out the flavors and emulsify the dressing. 

Finally, pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Serve the salad right away. 

I haven't quite mastered the art of tossing a salad in the serving bowl (I get salad everywhere), so I like to use a giant bowl for tossing the salad and then move it to the serving bowl. 

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese in a large bowl



According to Toni Tipton-Martin, the author of the amazing cookbook, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, the warm spinach salad actually a descendant of salads featured in early twentieth-century African American cookbooks, where bitter greens were tossed with a warm dressing mixed rendered bacon fat. 

This salad also includes radishes, red onions, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, and crumbled bacon. Once you've tossed everything together, sprinkle the top with crumbled blue cheese. 

It will be your new favorite salad. Serve it with potato salad, homemade baked beans, and pulled-pork for a delicious backyard party menu. Don't forget the margaritas

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese on a plate




Can you make this salad in advance?

You can prepare and toss all of the greens and vegetables in advance. Set aside the sliced eggs, chopped bacon, and crumbled blue cheese until you are ready to finish the salad. 

When it's time to serve the salad, reheat the bacon drippings and mix up the dressing in the pan. Transfer the dressing to a heat proof jar or glass measuring cup, and pour half of it over the greens and toss. Taste and add more dressing to taste and toss in the eggs and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle on the blue cheese to finish the salad. 


More delicious green salads:

Mixed greens, peach, and corn salad with maple vinaigrette

Cabbage salad with applies and spiced pecans

Zucchini salad with queso fresco

Fennel, pomegranate, and arugula salad

Overnight layered salad



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Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese



Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Wilted Mixed Green Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese
Yield: 10 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
This wilted mixed green salad with bacon and blue cheese is a fabulous salad to bring to a family reuntion or barbecue. Plus, it's a delicious way to get more dark leafy greens onto everyone's plate.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mixed greens such as kale, spinach, chard, and spinach
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Toss the greens, radish slices, onion slices, eggs, and tomatoes. 
  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy, and drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate. Chop or crumble the bacon and toss it into the salad. 
  3. Reheat the bacon drippings in the pan and add the cider, sugar, salt, and pepper and cook over medium heat for about two minutes until slightly thickened and emulsified, about two minutes. 
  4. Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss. Taste and add more dressing as necessary to taste. Sprinkle the salad with the blue cheese. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories

121.79

Fat (grams)

5.87

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.31

Carbs (grams)

10.20

Fiber (grams)

2.64

Net carbs

7.56

Sugar (grams)

5.57

Protein (grams)

7.84

Sodium (milligrams)

719.64

Cholesterol (grams)

49.75
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  1. Bacon and Blue Cheese....this is my kind of salad!!

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  2. I'd have to swap the blue cheese with feta but I love LOVE the dressing. I'm planning for salad tonight for dinner....just may have this one!

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  3. A great side dish for a cookout. Or add some grilled chicken or steak and make it a main dish salad.

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  4. So many fantastic textures and flavors and then bacon? Yep, I'm in!

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  5. This looks incredible. One of my favorites, but freshened up and ready to be eaten (by me, hopefully!)

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  6. That dressing sounds fantastic!

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  7. Hot bacon dressing makes the world go round! YUM!

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