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Monday, September 10, 2007

Bacon & Tomato Salad


Another Labor day dish; Bacon & Tomato Salad.

I pushed for this dish, despite Matt's initial reluctance. Everyone was glad I did.

This is one awesome salad. Easy turned into a main dish, chopped tomatoes, red onion and basil are tossed with olive oil and vinegar, given the S&P treatment, and left to rest for a bit.

Meanwhile, mayo, Dijon mustard, curry powder (as if...we used garam masala), a Cajun spice mix (again, you've got to be kidding...we used one of Emeril's recipes), lemon juice, garlic (paste), and hot sauce are mixed together.

Sprinkle cooked bacon pieces over the tomato salad, and serve alongside slices of bread with the spiced mayo (not pictured).

It's kind of like a BLT, in salad form, swapping out the lettuce for basil. And it's really, really good.

In addition to using home-made spice mixes rather than store bought, I also decided to use balsamic vinegar rather than the sherry vinegar called for. Everyone agreed this was a good choice, giving the salad a richer and deeper flavor.

Seriously, this stuff was really good. My father-in-law had at least three servings.

It doesn't keep well, though, so if you make it, adjust the recipe to your needs. It's too good to waste.

Blog Party#26 is coming, and this month, we're focusing on What's Inside! All your favorite appetizers with something to hide, and drinks, too...if you can manage!
Entries are due 20 September; hope to see you there!

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4 Thoughts for food:

At 5:08 AM, Blogger daphne said...

A definite recipe to keep for the warmer days ahead!

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Daphne; it was a really amazing recipe. I highly recommend swapping the sherry for baslamic, too...it much such a difference.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger barbie2be said...

yum! this sounds like it would be good in a wrap too!

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Barbie; this stuff is really good, but I think it may be a bit too...runny...for a wrap.

from the tomatoes juices to the vinegar, there's a lot of liquid!


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