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Gaevren 
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I came home from my first day of work today, which I don't think will be as bad as I was anticipating. I was HUNGRY and a salad sounded just perfect to me. Now, I'm not a rabbit food person. I don't even usually go for salads. But today it sounded just perfect. So I started poking through the fridge to see what there was...we always have salad makings because my husband LOVES salads. I realized that I had the ingredients for an epic salad, and here it is. It was every bit as delicious as it seemed it would be in my head.



Here is how I made it. Om nom nom nom.

1 to 2 cups lettuce
half a cucumber, sliced
1 tbsp butter
black olives (I used whole olives sliced in half)
half an onion, sliced (I used a red onion)
10 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into pieces. I seasoned our bacon so it was spicy, the way we like it, but you probably wouldn't even need to do that, although it really helps imo! Doesn't have to be spicy though.

Combine lettuce and cucumbers in a bowl and put back in the fridge to keep cold.

I oven-baked my bacon. It eliminates dishes and splatter since I just put the bacon on tin foil. Place bacon slices on tin foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through and as crispy as you like it. 15 minutes got my bacon crispy around the edges but not all the way through.

While the bacon is cooking, melt the butter in a pan on medium low heat. Add the onion slices and saute until they begin to soften, but not completely! You don't want soggy onions here, the middles should still be slightly crunchy. When the onions are done, add the olives and tomatoes and stir together about one minute, just enough so that the olives and tomatoes are warmed up but not really cooked.

Remove the pan from the heat and remove the bacon from the oven. Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces (I just used kitchen shears, but be careful with the hot bacon!) and pretty much just dump the bacon and onion/tomato/olive mixture into the bowl with the lettuce and cucumbers. Don't even drain the bacon. Mix up the salad ingredients thoroughly- the bacon grease and onion butter will help coat the lettuce leaves and make it extremely tasty. It's not even that much in the way of fats, but fats on your salad are GOOD. Your body NEEDS those dietary fats to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in greens.

Eat immediately and enjoy!!

 

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Subject: Salad of the freaking GODS
looks good.

and hot bacon grease is found in several dressings. its a natural! grin

 

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That looks awesome!

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olives sick

everything else would be delish!

 

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Looks Great!!

 

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that does look pretty damn good

 

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Looks so good and juicy..

 

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Gaevren posted:
fats on your salad are GOOD. Your body NEEDS those dietary fats to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in greens.



Bacon grease and butter are saturated fats, which you never need. Just because you read that some fats are healthy doesn't mean you should go around dumping bacon grease and butter on your salads thinking you're doing yourself a favor. Spend a couple of minutes and learn the different between monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and your standard saturated fat.

 

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solid3 posted:
Gaevren posted:
fats on your salad are GOOD. Your body NEEDS those dietary fats to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins found in greens.



Bacon grease and butter are saturated fats, which you never need. Just because you read that some fats are healthy doesn't mean you should go around dumping bacon grease and butter on your salads thinking you're doing yourself a favor. Spend a couple of minutes and learn the different between monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and your standard saturated fat.

Yeah I would tend to agree, although I've not done search of fats myself, it would seem that the bacon and butter would be counter intuitive to having a salad. Granted if someone can point me somewhere that I am wrong, I will be the first to admit it. I would love to have butter and bacon in my salad and be guilt free about it! lol

That said, the salad does look delicious!

 

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You do need saturated fats, in addition to un (non?) saturated fats. The only kind of fats your body never never never needs are fake, aka trans, fats.

You do not have to acquire saturated fats through animal sources, although that is the most common source. Coconut oil is another good source, albeit expensive.

These are things I learned in my college nutrition course, and which research today is backing up. Conventional research, not whackjob hippie research.

That doesn't mean you should run out and eat nothing but bacon grease. But the fats in this salad, if you split it between two people (which is how big it is) would equal about 20-25% of your daily fat intake limit. That's really not so bad. And I couldn't eat more than half of it.

 

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This would turn to poop pretty quickly I imagine, even by the end of the salad I would think. You've got so much grease and fat in your 'dressing' that unless it stays a warm salad, it would turn into gross in about 5 minutes. All that fat will start to congeal the minutes you combine it with all that cold salad and cucumber.

Add some feta cheese into your recipe and you've got basically a classic warm greek salad.

 

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