Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette  /  Delicious as it Looks

It's the end of summer and I'm tired of salads. I'm actually looking forward to soup season. But I still need to eat my greens, so I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes. Because salad is exciting! OK, not really, but I try...

Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette  /  Delicious as it Looks


This vinaigrette recipe from Cooking Light caught my eye. I love the sweet and salty combination. And who doesn't love bacon? I made a slight change, using balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider. Some of my readers may be sensitive to apple cider vinegar since it may contain some fructose, so I tend to stay away from it in the recipes I post here. And also, I just love balsamic vinegar!

Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette  /  Delicious as it Looks

This dressing is sublime on a simple side salad (pictured above) or on a main dish salad (below). I paired it with romaine lettuce, tomatoes and shredded rotisserie chicken, as kind of a BLT salad. I think it would also pair well with baby spinach and (if tolerated) some crumbled blue cheese.

BLT Chicken Salad Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette  /  Delicious as it Looks



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Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette
serves 4 (side salads) or 2 (main dish salads)
adapted from Cooking Light
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Ingredients

2 slices bacon
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt to taste

Directions

  1. Cook bacon until crisp in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Remove bacon from pan, crumble and set aside.
  2. To the bacon drippings in the skillet, whisk in the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, pepper and salt. Stir in the crumbled bacon.
  3. Drizzle over salad of your choice.


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