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Let Us Eat Lettuce

December 16, 2011
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Cool weather has arrived in most of the United States.  Here in Southern California the gardener has begun the lettuce harvest.

In 36 years of harvest management I have yet to find a yummy way to preserve lettuce.    There’s nothing for it but to eat up.  Salad’s are an obvious choice, but a fresh tossed salad can only use just so much lettuce.  I have two recipes for Wilted Lettuce that make a nice warm salad that uses lots of lettuce, even for just two people.

Wilted Salad – This recipe comes from my Mom’s 1948 Betty Crocker Cookbook, page 374.    Thanks, Mom!

Fry 4 slices bacon, cut up, until crisp.
Add 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. water.
Heat.
Pour over 1 qt. shredded lettuce tossed with 2 green onions, chopped, 1 tsp. salt, pepper.
Sprinkle 1 chopped hard-cooked egg over top.

Betty Crocker fails to mention this, but you will want to serve right away.  This salad does not get better with age.

 

Vegan Wilted Lettuce Salad – I found this recipe one day when I wanted to make wilted salad but had no bacon.  I like it a lot and use it often, even if I do have bacon in the house.

2-3 heads leaf lettuce
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped white or red onions (I’ve used yellow to no ill effect)
2 drops liquid smoke

Wash, dry lettuce and cut into strips or ribbons.  Please in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper

Measure  vinegar, water, and sugar into a small bowl and mix.

In a fry pan bring olive oil to temperature over medium high to high heat.  Add onions.  Coat the onions with oil and let them sit for 1 or 2 minutes until they begin to crisp.   Now stir the onions around a bit until they crisp and brown.  When the onions are ready, pour in the liquid mixture.  Stir.

Bring to a boil, remove from heat, add liquid smoke.

Pour over the lettuce, mix, and serve.

I adapted this recipe from Cooks.com

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2011 10:48 am

    When you run out of ideas, you can put the unused lettuce into your vegetable stock. Only one of my lettuce seeds has resulted in a lettuce plant, so I won’t have that problem. Have a happy new year!

    • Cindy Shamel permalink*
      December 21, 2011 11:07 am

      Brilliant! Vegetable stock once again serves as the catch all for the garden’s abundance. Thanks for sharing.

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