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Wilted lettuce salad has always been my favorite summer salad.

wilted lettuce saladThis wilted lettuce salad is easy to prepare using fresh garden vegetables and the dressing makes it delicious.  The first time I have this salad in summer, I cannot quit eating it.  When I was young, my father always grew a huge garden each year and we all looked forward to this salad.  You can double the recipe if you need more but this salad does not keep well refrigerated and should be served immediately after adding the dressing.  You might also like our recipe for Tomato Zucchini Salad. If you have not tried this salad, you are missing out on a real treat your family will love and enjoy.

Wilted lettuce garden salad is a summer classic.

1 bunch of fresh leaf lettuce or about 4 or 5 cups of chopped lettuce

4 or 5 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled and set aside (save drippings)

1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops

4 or 5 radishes, sliced

3 tablespoons bacon drippings

3 tablespoons white granulated sugar

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Combine lettuce, bacon, green onions and radishes in a salad bowl.  Heat bacon drippings, sugar and vinegar on top of the stove until sizzling and sugar is melted.  Pour over salad and toss.  Serve immediately.  Makes about 4 servings.  Enjoy!

Note:  Some people don’t add the radishes to this salad but I think they make it even better and my mother always added radishes from the garden.

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  1. Hey Pa! Guess what Ma’s cookin’ for supper…Jowl Bacon, Wilted Bibb Lettuce Salad (no sugar), Skillet Fried Silver Queen Corn, Vinegar Vidalia Onions and Cucumbers, Pickled Beets, Sliced Beef Steak ‘Maters, Fried ‘Taters and Onions, Fried Hot Buttered Cornbread (no sugar) and lots of Sweet Ice Tea!! …and if you’re still hungry, slap some Blackberry Jam on a piece of that leftover cornbread! Good Kentucky eatin’! Southern Lady, you sure know your stuff!

  2. we ate this with tender young mustard greens instead of lettuce. yum

  3. Kentuckylady 717 says:

    We used to just fry some bacon, and use the bacon grease….just make sure it is hot and when you pour it on it sizzles and omg you will love it just like this…..we only put lettuce & onions in it, when the lettuce & green onions just started coming in the garden….. salt and pepper, you won’t need anything else to eat….

    Making me want some now…..I just may go to store and pick up some left lettuce & green onions and make some….I’ve made it and just used hot olive oil and it is good also…..much better for you than the bacon grease…..but we all know bacon makes anything better LOL enjoy it this way too, just give it a try…..never had it with all these other things in it….. I just like the taste of lettuce & onions….can’t find a decent tomato here where I live now…..maybe a little later when the Amish starts selling theirs…..i

  4. Noel Brannum says:

    I had forgotten about this salad, only to remember how good it was. Will make this for my young DIL she will love it!

  5. DEBBIE BISHOP says:

    Yes this is delicious and just the way my family always made it. We always had cold pork n’ beans and fried potatoes as sides with this salad and always fried corn bread. Yummy. I’ve not had this meal for many years since those I enjoyed it with have since passed on to their heavenly homes but your post brought back a flood of precious memories. I even remember that the leaf lettuce was named “Black Seeded Simpson” and yes radishes and green onions are a must. Happy Day to you !

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