First, a great big smile of welcome to visitors from Frugal Food Mama – it’s an absolute pleasure to have you visit and it’s such fun to be sharing this recipe at Carrie’s today. Growing up, I really struggled with the “eat your vegetables”, which I’m sure was a major challenge for my Mom! Even now, I like to find ways to make vegetables interesting and fun to eat. This easy and quick salad is made with crisp, chilled asparagus and yes, bacon! Finished with a warm, bacon dressing, it’s a fun twist on a salad and a great dinner side dish for these hot, hazy days of summer.
This vintage recipe is adapted from the Salad edition of the 1958 Encyclopedia of Cooking. One of the absolute charms and appeal of vintage recipes is their use of simple, wholesome and easy-to-find ingredients that are combined to create fantastic flavor! While some of the methods in many recipes from the past may be a bit different, they can always be adapted for today’s kitchens. Plus, we can never go wrong with a fresh, delicious salad – or bacon!
Asparagus Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
- 2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 6-7 slices of bacon
- 3-4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
- 3 green onions, finely sliced
- Iceberg lettuce or lettuce of your choice
Rinse asparagus well and snap off approximately 1/3 of the bottom, woody stem. Cook as you prefer; I like to place asparagus spears in a microwave-safe dish with 2-3 tablespoons of water, cover and cook on high for about 4 minutes until crisp-tender. Cool asparagus and chill.
Fry bacon until crisp and brown. Remove bacon to paper-towel lined plate to drain. Crumble into small pieces. Stir vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper into hot bacon fat.
On a chilled dish, arrange lettuce leaves and chilled asparagus. Cover with sliced eggs and sprinkle with crumbled bacon & green onions. Pour hot dressing over salad and serve immediately.
I tend to classify my dishes like baseball – it’s out, on the bench, a hit or a home run, depending, of course, on reaction from Mr. Smarty Pants (my hubby!) If it’s “on the bench,” it needs some refining. A hit is great and a home run – off the charts! Since he ate three helpings of this salad, the Little Miss Celebration umpire has declared this one a home run and I’m a happy gal!
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To my Frugal Foodie Mama friends, a truly heartfelt thanks for stopping by today and you are warmly and happily welcomed anytime! Of course, for all of my regular, dear readers, you know how much I appreciate each and every visit and all of your lovely comments. I hope everyone has an amazing day – and eat your vegetables!