Monday, January 12, 2015

Waldorf Inspired Bacon Salad

I came up with this salad tonight while looking around the kitchen trying to figure out what I could make without sending Paul off to the store (although when it was halfway finished I realized I needed celery, so he and Sadie ended up going to the store anyways).  It's a little decadent (after all it includes the words "coat the fruit mixture in bacon grease"), but it instantly became a family favorite, disappearing quickly.  It's not something I'll probably make even monthly, but as a once in a while treat for lunch or dinner it's great!  

What you need:

16 ounces bacon (cut into tiny pieces and cooked... reserve a couple table spoons of the bacon grease)
1/2 pint blueberries
1 lb red seedless grapes (sliced into halves or quarters)
3 apples (sliced into small pieces)
1 1/2 cups of almond slices
4 stalks of celery (sliced into small pieces)

And for the dressing:
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
 2-4 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey

Combine the blueberries, grape slices, apple slices, almonds, and celery slices in a large bowl.  Coat the fruit mixture in the bacon grease and stir it together until the salad is lightly coated.

In a separate bowl combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice (but read the next sentence first).  3 tbs of lemon juice is my estimate for the perfect consistency.  I judge exactly how much lemon juice to use by the texture of the dressing as I add the lemon juice slowly, mixing  the lemon juice and mayonnaise together.  Once the dressing is a smooth creamy consistency it's time to add the salt and honey (if it still seems to thick slowly add more lemon juice).

Mix the dressing until it's completely combined.  Coat the fruit mix completely with the dressing.  Add the bacon and mix well.

Serve and enjoy!

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