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Vibrant Summer Salad

Vibrant Summer Salad with Smoked Bacon & Fennel

I love this salad, it is bursting with so many fresh flavours and textures that are matched so well with the smoked bacon lardons

VEGETARIANS simply leave the bacon lardons out

I cooked these wonderful PORK CHOPS to have with it but would have been just as happy without them, one was more than enough for me as I was far more interested in the salad.

 

Ingredients

Allergens : Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free
Mixed Leaf Salad - 1 bag
Red pepper - 1
Yellow Pepper - 1
Medium Carrot - 1
Small Red Onion - 1
Cucumber - ¼
Fresh Fennel - 1 large Stalk
Spring Onions - 3
Smoked Bacon Lardons - 125g
Roasted Red Peppers - 2 (Lidl or Aldi do great value jars for around €2.50 or £1.89)
Sweetcorn - 50g or small tin
DRESSING
Balsamic Vinegar - 1 tblsp
Olive Oil - 3 tblsp
Salt - Tiny pinch
Pepper - Tiny Pinch

Instructions

1
Heat a pan with a little oil then cook the bacon lardons until slightly crispy, remove from the pan, drain any remaining oil and allow to cool
2
Thinly slice 1 RED PEPPER, 1 YELLOW PEPPER, 1 small RED ONION, 1 large stalk of FRESH FENNEL, 3 SPRING ONIONS and ¼ CUCUMBER
3
Mix all the salad Ingredients in a bowl then portion onto the plates.
4
The Dressing
5
Mix 1 tblsp BALSAMIC VINEGAR with 3 tbsp OLIVE OIL (you can also use RAPESEED or VEGETABLE OIL), add a tiny pinch of SALT and PEPPER to taste, then drizzle over the salad or serve on the side.
6
HOME CATERING & BBQ PARTY INGREDIENTS
7
Add vibrant colours to your buffet display by placing bowls of this around it or by using it as salad under things like canapes or a nice selection of salamis. Place a little in the centre of a plate and surround with sandwiches for a nice colourful sandwich display, don't add any dressing if using the salad as a garnish.
8
This recipe will make a large bowl that will feed 12-15 people if serving as part of a buffet with other salads, breads and or meats.
9
If serving it as the main salad you will get 10 decent adult portions if serving with another main item like savoury bread or bbq meats
10
If serving alone then you will get 6 good sized adult portions.
11
1 child portion = ½ adult portion.

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