Monday, 10 November 2014

Apple, Bacon and Pecan Salad


I had three strips of streaky bacon leftover after cooking fried rice for my partner. I thought of making something naughty but just three strips is not enough. And just my luck, bacon was totally sold out at the Pearl Pork outlet at Aeon. Sold out, imagine that. It looks like nobody cares about their arteries anymore.


I guess three strips of bacon is just nice for a salad. At Aeon, I picked up a bag of apples, a packet of ready washed salad leaves, cucumbers and tomatoes.



Back home, I got to work. Cut the bacon into smaller pieces and fried them until brown and crispy. While the bacon was frying, I roasted some pecans. 


Once the bacon was done, I drained them of paper towels. To make the dressing, I pounded some garlic and salt. I did not have loose whole peppercorns or else I would have pounded them together. Nowadays, I use peppercorn that comes with a grinder. I added Balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard to the pounded garlic and salt.



Next I added extra virgin olive oil and...... some of the oil used for frying the bacon. Bacon drippings is excellent when added to salad dressing. It is ooh..la...la..... I know you are shaking your head in disapproval. But I don't do this everyday.



Lastly, what I had to do was slice up the cucumber, tomatoes and apple. All these went into the mixing bowl with the salad leaves and then tossed with the dressing. Once plated, I sprinkled the salad with the crispy bacon and pecans.



And then it was nom, nom, nom, nom! I love my salads and this one even more so because it has the smoky flavour of bacon and the crunch of pecans. And of course, the apples were very good. This apple and bacon salad is probably the antithesis of healthy food. Apple is supposed to keep the doctor away but bacon makes you a prime candidate for admission to Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute). But like I always say, exercise moderation when enjoying your food :)










Apple, Bacon and Pecan Salad
Recipe source : Adapted from Lauren's Latest
(My notes and adaptations in red)

Ingredients :
- 6 cups red leaf lettuce, washed and torn (1/2 packet mixed salad leaves)
- 1 fuji apple, washed and diced (1 Royal Gala apple)
- 4 slices hickory smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled (3 strips streaky bacon)
- 4 tablespoons toasted and chopped pecans
- 1 small grilled chicken breast {leftovers!} (I omitted as I don't have any)
for the dressing-
- 1 clove garlic, grated (2 cloves, pounded with salt)
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil (2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and yikes! 2 tablespoons bacon drippings)
- salt & pepper, to taste

METHOD :

Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk all ingredients for dressing together. Toss dressing with salad and serve.

55 comments:

  1. Morning sweetie.. Your bowl of salad looks so good.. I don't like greens, salad, anything veggies, but yours, I think I can finish most of them (and confirmed I can finish off all your bacon and pecans)... I can finish the entire bowl of salad - if: 1) the dressing is creamy goma/sesame dressing or any creamy salad dressing 2) the salad has meat in it like roast chicken or grilled chicken or cajun chicken or bacon 3) the salad has hard boiled eggs or potatoes in it..
    Hehe, sorry ahh, sounds very picky, but I promise I will eat more greens k?

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    1. By the way, you said initially you wanted to make something naughty.. What 'naughty' stuff you wana make?

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    2. Hi Louiz! Ah, you noticed :) That 'naughty' stuff I will do this weekend and publish next week. Can wait mou? hee..hee...

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    3. Sure can! Can't wait to see what's that.. I'm imagining hamsap things already..

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  2. oooh, I love this salad!! Apple, Bacon and Pecan with red lettuce, and you did not mention your (leftover) chicken breast!! wow, this is rather loaded with goodness and I think can be rather filling too huh?? healthy, simple, refreshing and I love this..

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    1. SK, ahahaha...mana ada red lettuce? Mana ada chicken breast? I know, I know, too early in the morning and things get confusing :)

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  3. fresh lettuce with some bacon bits to enhance the flavor, then green apple to neutralize the savory bacon, and lastly pecan to have more texture to the salad.. hmm, very nice combination and also a smart recipe too.. of course, last but not least, SEDAP!! :)

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    1. Yes, this is one delicious salad! Bacon makes anything taste good :)

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  4. Oh my goodness, this salad looks amazing! I love putting bacon in anything!

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    1. Cathleen, I hear that they even put bacon in cupcakes. Eeuuwww!!!

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  5. Hahaha.......you made me laugh Phong Hong on your last para....apple keeps the doctor away but bacon makes you enter to Institut Jantung Negara!! But your salad really yum....so refreshing with those lots of vege.

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    1. Hi Mel! Salad is supposed to be clean and healthy and I put bacon and bacon oil. tsk..tsk..tsk...

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    1. Sharon, because of the bacon, right? hee..hee...

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  7. Morning PH! Now this is my kind of salad. Was feeling slightly blue, but the last paragraph, totally made my day. Have a wonderful week ahead. Cheers, Jo

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    1. Hey, Jo! Hope that you are feeling better by now. Perhaps some bacon will cheer you up :)

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  8. Hi PH, I love salad! Your simple salad looks so pretty. Can I join you? :D

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    1. Ann, I would be pleased to have you join me!

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  9. Phong Hong, before scrolling down to the menu, I was thinking adding some boiled or grilled chicken would be bonus ^-^!
    2 tablespoons bacon drippings ?! That's alot! hee hee! Anyway, like you've said "exercise moderation when enjoying your food".
    Oh boy! Your yummy salad made me drool and hungry now ...

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    1. Hi Karen! Ya lah, adding some chicken would be good just like the original recipe. But I did not have any. I will make this salad again and will make sure that there is chicken :D

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  10. Ooooo...bacon! I'm sold!!! That's good enough for me. :D

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    1. Arthur, we will eat anything with bacon :)

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  11. A salad I would enjoy....and BTW I agree with the bacon drippings (I do that too)...it adds so much flavour to the salad. I just tell myself that I'm eating a healthy salad...with bacon :D

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    1. How nice to know that you do that too hah..hah... Bacon drippings is like liquid gold :)

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  12. now you are tempting me...very very tempting

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  13. Who?! Who will shake his/her head in disapproval?! Let's go set him/her straight!

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    1. That's right, RG! And let's convert them too :D

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  14. That looks so yummy!

    I just had salad for lunch. With black pepper chicken.

    For apples, I find that I like it julienned rather than big slices. Though I tend to cut pears in cubes. Picky picky.

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    1. Hi Lina! I was too lazy to julliene the apples hah..hah.. Hmm.. pears would be great too for this salad!

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  15. bacon plus avocado.....slurp ...

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    1. Yeah, I love that too! But avocado mahal kat sini :(

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    2. leh nih lima posen se kat sini....i tolong makan on your behalf ok :)

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  16. Very healthy meal,PH!! I only take salads like this when I am in the hotel cos I don't have all those mayo in my house.. :)

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    1. Claire, then better stock up hah..hah...

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  17. Very delicious salad, Phong Hong! I like all the ingredients in it, especially the bacon! hahaha! I could eat the whole plate of salad as a meal! Yum!

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    1. Hi Joyce! hee..hee... we love our bacon! I had this salad as my main meal :)

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  18. Are pecans expensive in your country?

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    1. Ola, they are very expensive here. That's why I reserve them only for special occasions.

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  19. Lovely looking salad you have there. If I were to try this, then I will substitute it with beef streaky strips. Pecan? Huhuhu... mahal tu. Nak beli untuk buat kek pun, I pikir 10 kali...hehehe....

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    1. Sorry ya, Mama... this one non-halal. I pun jarang beli pecans. It is like eating gold.

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  20. Hi Phong Hong,

    I'm not a big fan of bacon but I would say ooh..la...la..... too to this beautiful salad :D

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, how could you not be a fan of bacon? hee..hee...

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  21. This looks something new to me, worth a try eh? =)

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    1. Hayley, it is worth a try if you love salads! And of course Bacon :)

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  22. Hi PhongHong, I was browsing for local food bloggers and i came across your blog and all i can say is "Wow"...love your adaptation of recipes and pictures as well. I was hoping if you can post some of your scrumptious recipes on my food portal at www.fooddit.com. It is a newly launch recipe portal we could use some great recipes such as yours. Appreciate your support ~! Cheers~!

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    1. Hi Lionel! Thank you for your kind words and invitation! OK, I will come visit your food portal and sign up :)

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  23. Haha u know, there is always bacon in my fridge. My kids love it so much, it's scary how much we go through each week. Well, I guess we just have to balance it out with more exercise. :P

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    1. Hi Yen! I read somewhere that new thinking has it that bacon is not that bad for us after all :)

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  24. I love this salad of yours! No bacon bits also can.

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  25. Hi Phong Hong,
    I stock bacon in my fridge too :p
    My kids love them. Your pecan, bacon and veggies salad looks good!
    mui

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    1. mui mui, I can shake hands with your kids :)

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