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.