Burch House Salad – Salad with Applewood Bacon and Raisins, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Spring and summer are one of my favorite food times. I love all the garden fresh options we have this time of the year. I’m a salad girl. Have been most of my life. But, because of a rare stomach disorder I have to be somewhat cautious about the type of raw food and fiber I consume.

We have a favorite salad around here we call the “house salad”. The great thing about this salad is it can vary given the ingredients we happen to have on hand.

But, there are some basic foundation ingredients we always try to have on hand when we prepare this salad – and, then go from there. One other thing – I cut the tomatoes into wedges, then take a spoon and remove the seeds. Then, I chop the tomatoes for the salad. Those tiny little seeds can be murder for people with stomach disorders.

I don’t follow a set amount of quantity for each of these ingredients. This is one of those recipes I whip up by “intuition” if you need a name for the technique. Or, as my Aunt LaRue use to call it, “just out of my head and what looks good”. It truly is fast and easy “cooking”.

Burch House Salad – Salad with Applewood Bacon and Raisins

1 head iceberg lettuce

1 head romaine lettuce

About 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach

2 – 3 handfuls of carrot straws

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped

6 strips cooked applewood smoked bacon (you can also use center cut or low sodium)

about 2 – 3 handfuls of golden or dark raisins

Freshly grated or shaved parmesan cheese, about 3/4 cup or to taste

1. Wash and clean all vegetables.

2. Cook bacon in the microwave between to paper towels to absorb bacon fat. When cooked, lay bacon on more paper towels, and take another paper towel and blot excess bacon fat off the bacon. You’ll be surprised at the grease you’ll remove from the bacon!

3. Chop the tomatoes and any other necessary vegetables.

4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

5. Serve with you favorite dressing or vinaigrette.

Burch House Salad

Enjoy!!

*You could add dried cherries, mandarin oranges, peppers, cucumbers (I can’t eat cucumbers because they make be deathly sick), onion and anything else that strikes your fancy, but I can assure you the basic Burch House salad is pretty tasty just the way it is.

© 2015 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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