Summer salad recipe

Apple cider vinegar in glass bottleIf you’re looking for a fun salad idea to kickoff summer, try @1800 Culinary Team Member David’s family recipe for apple cider vinegar salad (with bacon).

My family will from time-to-time get the extended family together and have “summer salad” for dinner.  My grandfather worked at Oscar Meyer, so needless to say bacon was never in very short supply.  Add to that the acre-plus sized garden he kept; there were a few things that we could feed the family with.  The salad is in a way a celebration of the fresh bounty from the garden, plus everyone’s favorite: bacon.

Summer Salad:

3 pounds of new red potatoes (use the smaller sized ones, think golf ball or less)

3-4 bunches of leaf lettuce

12 oz bacon, cut into ¼” strips

1 onion, white or yellow, diced small

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup white sugar

½ cup milk

  1. Wash the potatoes to remove all of the dirt, but don’t scrub too hard of the skins will come right off.  Then boil them in a large pot of salted water, “with their jackets on” as Grandma says.  Cook them until they are fork tender, drain and keep warm.
  2. Wash the lettuce and dry them in a salad spinner or with some paper towels.
  3. In a skillet, render the bacon with the onion and pour it off into a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. This can be kept in the fridge indefinitely, so making a big batch and keeping some in a jar is recommended.
  5. Once everything is cooked and in the appropriate serving vessel, get everyone to the table and then add  milk to the vinegar mixture. It may curdle slightly, but that’s just fine.
  6. To properly enjoy this wonderful dish, create a layer of smashed potatoes on your plate, then cover them with a generous layer of lettuce.  On to the lettuce you will spoon some of the bacon and onion. And don’t skimp on the drippings either! They are the fat for the vinaigrette you are about to make on your plate!  Top it off with a good dousing of the vinegar mix and enjoy!

(for 6-8 people)

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