FFwD: Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Salad

Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Salad

by Holly on May 20, 2011

I always hate to admit my little eating quirks. Mainly because I know for a fact (in my opinion anyway) that most of them are completely juvenile. That said, here goes anyway.

Anyone who really knows me will tell you that I am not a salad eater. I’m really not. That is just sad, I know. I hate salad… but I’m **trying** to learn to like it. I’m actually consciously working on it.

I’m actually referring to salads that are composed of some kind of ‘lettuce’ type green. Especially my salad nemesis of iceberg and tomatoes, which made regular appearances in our house when I was growing up. I think it is the cause of the stigma salads have in my mind.

Oh, there are some salads I can eat a bit of, but for the most part a few bites are about all that I can handle.  I’m just really not a fan and have never been able to eat a full serving. I’m definitely not into the whole lettuce and tomato thing.

That is why, any of the salads that I can manage to eat, have to be much more than just average – like your really dressed up spinach salads, and a super fantastic caesar – stuff like that.

This salad really delivers. The actual ‘lettuce’ portion of the salad was really more of an herb salad with some different, more substantial lettuces (not iceberg… never iceberg, please!). Add in the asparagus, plenty of thick cut, applewood smoked bacon and lightly toasted, chopped hazelnuts, a quick, bright and vibrant tasting homemade vinaigrette and a couple of soft boiled eggs that are coated in some more hazelnuts and you’ve got a surprisingly delectable salad that is definitely unique around these parts. It was several steps, but fun to assemble and I felt like we were eating something different and fun.

The recipe, as all others for French Fridays with Dorie, can be found in the book Around My French Table.

Visit the French Fridays with Dorie site for more versions of the salad.

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Jessica of My Baking Heart May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Beautiful salad, Holly! Glad you loved it so! 🙂

Betsy May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I can definitely understand how iceberg salads would put you off. I’m glad you found a new salad that you liked. This one was definitely a winner. I used walnuts because I had walnut oil, but the hazelnuts look tasty too. Nice job!

Cher May 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

Very pretty!
I have come to the conclusion that iceberg is not really a lettuce – I had way too many of those fake lettuce/ tomato salads drenched with a bottle of “Italtian” dressing in my younger days. Shudder!

Barbara | Creative Culinary May 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

I don’t blame you for the iceberg issue…I think it’s all that was available for so many years and you add it’s blandness to bad tomatoes and I think too many of us have some less than stellar salad memories.

But this salad? I’ve made it too; love Dorie’s book; love your salad.

Teresa May 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I love how many of us are making food confessions of one sort or another this week!

I’m glad to see you did the nut-coated version – it looks amazing!

Becky O. May 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

this looks divine! i want to get back into FFWD so badly. hoping to do at least one recipe each month!

mygreatmenu May 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Your salad looks beautiful. The picture is reminding me how yummy the salad was. Just might have to make it again soon!

Renee @kudoskitchen May 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

I loved this recipe too. Your completed dish looks so pretty. Glad you are now a salad convert 🙂

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