Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bacon Avocado Salad with Bacon Dripping Dressing



   Yes folks, another post with avocados. They were on sale for $1 each when I decided to make the avocado fries, so I picked up another one with the hope of making some sort of salad with it. I'm trying to eat healthier, which translates to eating more vegetables. It's kind of difficult because I'm not the biggest salad fan, as you could probably tell because I've only posted about them once, and it wasn't as "healthy" as it could have been.

....I may have put chocolate in the dressing.

   And then I put bacon in this one. So you can see where I'm struggling with this whole "eat better" thing. But even though they're not the healthiest salad choices, there are still vegetables in them. Plus it's just much more fun to eat a salad when you have nice fatty treats hidden inside, like bacon and avocado. It's like a treasure hunt!



 


Ingredients:

1 Avocado, cut into 2-inch chunks
4 Slices Uncured Apple-Smoked Bacon
1 Tomato, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 Cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper



Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and grill, flipping every few minutes, until they are nice and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve the drippings inside the pan. Break the bacon into roughly 2-inch squares and set them aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cucumbers, tomatoes and cilantro. Then gently stir in the bacon and avocado, taking care not to crush the avocado chunks as they are very soft. Drizzle the drippings from the pan over the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.

43 comments:

  1. What a droolworthy combination of flavors! That salad is magnificent.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Just made this. Just ate this...ALL. Delish

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  2. Oh man! Loving this :) Can you believe I only starting eating avocado about 5 weeks ago. Don't worry, I'm making up for the lost time ;) I can't wait to try some of these beauties myself. And thanks for swinging by Deep Dish!

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  3. That salad looks really, really good.

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  4. This is calling my name! I love the combination of flavours here...simply irresistible.

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  5. Thanks everyone!

    @Parsley Sage: Glad to hear it! They really are a fantastic...fruit? Vegetable? I need to do some research and find out haha :)

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  6. This looks so delicious. I make a similar salad and sometimes I throw in chopped mozzarella and granny smith apples. Also, a restaurant I went to once served a similar salad with a "Bloody Mary" dressing. It was so good. I'm trying hard to recreate it, but no luck so far.

    Beautiful photos and great blog!

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  7. hi eva, there's nothing really wrong putting in some 'hidden treasures' unless we are 100% vegetarian or meat allergic, this looks very good to me!

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  8. Very interesting dressing, beautiful salad..

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  9. I'm mostly vegetarian now, but you know pepperoni and bacon were oddly some of the last meat foods I gave up and the smell of bacon still appeal to me. My boyfriend though is an unabashed carnivore and would love to have a big plate of this hearty salad!

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  10. Avocados are my one of my favourite things to eat, I have them a few times a week. Bacon and avocado go really well together as well, I usually make BLTs with avocado.

    What a lovely, hearty salad with beautiful flavours :)

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  11. Thanks all!

    @SugarCooking: Ooooh a Bloody Mary dressing sounds fantastic, I'll have to try it the next time I make a salad. I'm a huge tomatoey dressing fan :)

    @Xiaolu: I tried to become vegetarian for a bit but couldn't make it. Kudos to you for having the willpower to resist bacon, that takes some serious strength! :)

    @Emma: Agreed, a BLT with Avocado is delicious. I had one before at a restaurant and it was AMAZING, I should try and make one at home.

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  12. The pictures look very inviting! I like the balance - all the awesome veggies balance the bacon. I'm curious to know, for vegetarians (not me, but I have friends who are), would it still taste good without the bacon? Or is there some kind of substitute?

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  13. This looks so good! I totally agree with you about the treasure hunt thing. I often feel somewhat victorious when I find a piece of bacon before anyone else :)

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  14. Eva, this is a lovely salad and your photos of it are really wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog and I've been spending some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really love the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  15. Ohmylanta! You may make my husband love me even more, he LOVVES bacon :) Your recipes look amazing, so glad to be a new follower :)

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  16. Thanks so much everyone! :D

    @Kartik:It would still be tasty without the bacon. I would, however, create a different dressing with 4 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped. If they're not vegan, they should crumble some feta over it too and make it Greek-style :)

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  17. I'm absolutely loving your avocado posts since I'm currently very obsessed with them. And they're only $1 each here too, which makes me very happy. This salad looks awesome... Love the baco dripping dressing :)

    Sues

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  18. Oh my gosh this looks so amazing! Anything avocado is right up my alley!

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  19. This salad is beautiful. Avocado is always good in all dishes. I love your photo. Very nice.

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  20. The salad looks very good and very fresh.

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  21. That salad looks so delicious and wonderful! Yum!

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  22. Love your blog! Love your recipes! Eva I'm your latest follower. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

    Laura

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  23. Aw, thanks all!

    @The Cooking Photographer: I absolutely love your blog too, so glad you are following :o)

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  24. Eva, your avocado salad with the bacon dressing is to "die for" and the colors are gorgeous!
    Perfect avocados, and lovely photos.Thanks for sharing!

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  25. What awonderful colourful salad.It looks really inviting.

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  26. This is a salad I can love! What a great combo of colours and flavours!

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  27. That is one nice looking salad! I like the bacon dripping dressing!

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  28. I saw this on Pinterest and had to check it out! AND I am a food blogger so I love finding new recipes to try. This is a definite must-try! I am your newest follower :)

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

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  29. Mmmm...what a combination! I love everything in this salad and the bacon just seals the deal. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  30. I've pinned it and I'm making it tonight

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  31. @ Michelle: Awesome! Glad you're going to make some, it is realllly tasty :)

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  32. How many servings does this make?

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  33. One big serving or two small ones, depends on how much you can eat! :) Just read through the ingredients and see if it sounds like it would be too much or too little for you to eat by yourself. This made two servings for me, but I am petite and always eat smaller portions than most people.

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  34. I seriously love everything about this (who wouldn't?). And that dressing is absolute heavenly!

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  35. I made these salad yesterday and it was really good! Definitely a keeper!

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  36. What herb would you recommend to substitute coriander? I hate the stuf but love the rest of the salad!

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    1. Thanks, I'll try that! :)

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  37. I have a similar recipe to this only mine has some fresh squeezed lime juice and sliced red onion...pair that with all these ingredients and it is amazing!

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  38. I would think you would have to serve this right away in that refrigerating it would solidify the bacon grease.

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