Thursday, 9 August 2018

An Indulgent Salad : With Bacon & Fried Bread


Do you like bread? I love bread. I haven't had bread like for ages. I love crusty breads, sourdough, mixed nut loaves, whatever kind of breads and buns.

There is a type of sliced bread that I like which is baked by the Adventist Bakery. It's those sprouted 5 grain and 7 grain bread which is supposed to be better in nutrition compared to white bread.

Since I am restricting my carb intake, I buy a loaf and then divide the slices (2 each) into ziplock bags and freeze. Then on days when I am allowed some carbs, I take the bread out to toast.

I had a stash of this bread in the freezer and one weekend I had a craving for bread salad or panzanella. Since I could get into my so called "skinny" pants that morning, it was time to give myself a reward.


On my grocery run at Aeon, I got myself some bacon. And meanwhile, I took the frozen bread out from the freezer to defrost. When I got home, I fried the bacon till crispy.


I basically put the bacon on a hot non-stick pan and let the bacon release its own fats. And then I cut the bread into small squares and fried the bread till golden in the bacon fat.


Gosh, the bread soaked up the oil like hungry sponges. The bread was all nice and toasty and crispy. Basically these are like croutons, just bigger ones.

I bought those ready washed salad that used to come in plastic bowls but have now been repackaged into plastic boxes. Bah! Those boxes are big but the content of the salad is much less that in the old packaging. Not worth it. I will not buy that brand again.


I already had some salad dressing in the fridge so tossing the salad together was a breeze. Oh! It was so good. Salad greens, tomatoes, avocado and tossed in a good dressing with crispy flavorsome bacon and crunchy fried bread. It was such a filling salad.


Bacon and Fried Bread Salad
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 4 rashers of bacon
- 2 slices bread, cut into squares
- a handful cherry tomatoes
- half an avocado, cut into cubes
- a bowl of mixed salad leaves
- half a big onion, thinly sliced
- salad dressing

Method :
1. Heat a non-stick pan and when hot, place bacon in the pan and allow the fat to render and fry the bacon until crispy. Remove and when cool, cut into smaller pieces.
2. Fry the pieces of bread in the bacon fat until browned and crispy on both sides. Remove from the pan.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add mixed salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, avocado, sliced onion, bacon and fried bread. Add salad dressing and toss to mix.

22 comments:

  1. I love bread...but I try to restrain myself...not because of the carbs but because of the sugar content. My neighbours freeze bread all the time to prolong its lifespan but I've never done so myself coz I'm not sure if they'll still taste as good after defrosting. P/S: I see that you've put cherry tomatoes in your salad...more for the presentation rather than liking them (as you once shared)...hehehe! ;)

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    1. hah..hah... yes the cherry tomatoes were there just for looks. You will be surprised that fresh bread when frozen, retains it's freshness and once defrosted it is still soft and tastes fresh. Just make sure you keep it well wrapped (use those ziplock freezer bags) so that they don't dry out.

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  2. I eat bread every morning during 5 working days each week. I keep the sandwishes in the fridge and toast the whole sandwich in the oven toaster! So yummy with crispy bread and coffee. I wonder how the word Adventist Bread originated? I would only think of those special bread being baked & sold by the Penang's Adventist Hospital.

    Your salad is superb and to my liking with so much cut vegies & croutons plus crispy bacons! I would turn into Pink Panther size if I eat this everyday.

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    1. Yes, that's baked by the Penang Adventist Hospital bakery. I love it.

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  3. I'm not a fan of bread, but love adding Croutons in my salad! xoxo

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  4. I love to eat bread and I eat one loaf of the green Adventist bread until recently they tasted different to me. I hope they went back to how they taste previously. Love your salad with avocado even if you don't put bacon and bread.

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    1. I did not notice the change in taste. I prefer the red one.

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  5. I love breads. I don't mind in salads. My house never short of breads. Haha. Only on weekends that we don't have to eat breads since we have it almost every days.

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    1. I wish I could eat bread everyday. Won't get tired of it.

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  6. Now I am seeing buns everyday, lol...

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    1. Ya lor.... you everyday see burgers LOL!

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  7. I love bread too! Your salad looks delicious!

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  8. All the ingredients in this salad ngam me, i want!

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  9. Used to love croutons in salad but no, we do not add those anymore, not gluten-free.

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    1. Can add your salad toppers instead for the crunch.

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  10. Love the salad. We also only eat Adventist bread but we like the green one. Don't worry too much about the carbs in it as it is flour free so way better than any other breads :)

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    1. I love Adventist bread, red or green is fine with me. Glad to know that you and your family eat this bread too.

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  11. I never freeze any bread too but my friend whose a bread maker taught me this method to keep unfinished bread.

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