Sun Dried Tomato and Bacon Salad Dressing

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On August 27, 2011 I made a notation in my little spiral notebook, the one that I write recipes in (and a bunch of other stuff), it said:

Need to make again for photos.

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As you probably have guessed, it was for a Sundried Tomato and Bacon dressing.  It was one of those recipe that I threw together and it came out perfect, no tweaking needed.  I quickly wrote down the ingredients so I wouldn’t forget and then made myself that little note.  I even put a little sticky flag on the page to remind me to remake it and take photos.  I stashed the notebook away, then promptly forgot about it; until I received the Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes.

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I served this on heals of the Roasted Garlic Sun Dried Tomato Soup with Grilled Truffle Cheese Croutons, which led to my choice of using the same product that I used in the soup.  I’ll not go on and on about how good the tomatoes were since I already shared that with you.   But I will tell that the dressing flavorful, I could almost eat it straight up.  For the salad I simply used some romaine lettuce and feta cheese and felt like I had a complete luncheon dish because the sun dried tomato and bacon dressing was hearty enough on it’s own.  A chunk of the Simple Artisan Bread that I’ve been making rounded out the meal.

Sun Dried Tomato and Bacon Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 1/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup crumbled crispy bacon (3 or 4 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons small diced Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Herbs
  • 2/3 cup lemon olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a small glass container with a tight fitting lid, like a pint jar, shake until well blended.
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Informal Cookery Definitions A to Z

A La Mode. (ah lah mohd) In America the term strictly means pie served with a scoop of ice cream.  The term found it’s way into the American language around 1920.  However, the literal translation in French is “in current fashion”.  The term was applied to beef when a Parisian restaurant wanted to tout that it had the finest beef and posted a sign with a cow wearing a flowered bonnet on its head.  A fashionable cow to be sure, a “Beouf a la Mode.”  I guess that means that eating pie with ice cream is fashionable.

A L’Anglaise. (ah lahn-GLAYZ) Although this sounds fancy, it really isn’t.  In French it means “in the English manner”, more specifically applied to a food that has been boiled and is considered bland.  That serves as a good hint to what the French thought of English cooking.  You may have also heard the term Crème Anglaise, it refers to a “boiled” custard.

Albacore.  (Al-bah-KOHR) A really big tuna, commonly canned. It is the only tuna that can be labeled “white meat tuna” in the U.S.  It hangs out in open waters and likes the tropical  and temperate oceans and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Albondigas.  (ahl-BOHN-dee-gahs)  Meatballs in Spanish.

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5 Responses to Sun Dried Tomato and Bacon Salad Dressing

  1. Eliot January 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    What a great salad. Especially in the winter when good tomatoes are hard to come by. We love us some BLTs here. So much so that we gauge the success of our tomato patch on how many BLTs we were able to make. (Last year was a bust!) (And, we did take the truck to Santa Fe—not a U-haul but almost just as dangerous!)

  2. Karen January 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I love homemade dressings and they’re so easy and no bottled taste. Yum! Saw the “a la mode” definition and it reminded me. When I was a kid, we moved (drove) from MA to AZ, so ate in a lot of restaurants along the way. One night I ordered apple pie a la mode and the waitress asked what kind of ice cream I wanted and I told her chocolate. My mom wouldn’t let me get it – she told the waitress to top it with vanilla. Ha!

  3. Colleen Bierstine January 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    So, I wanted you to know, I don’t really eat salad, but I showed this to my mom who can’t get enough of the stuff. She also love sun-dried tomatoes.
    She was practically speechless and plans to make this asap!

  4. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) January 7, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Love bacon, love sun dried tomatoes…so I’m sure I would LOVE this salad. January is definitely a salad kind of month for me after pigging out in December!

  5. EA-The Spicy RD May 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I love how easy this is! I have all the ingredients, except for the sun dried tomatoes. Oops-missing the bacon too. I forgot the last time I was at the store, they were doing some work in that fridge area and there was no bacon to be had. A very sad day indeed! Need to get the tomatoes and bacon next shopping trip, and whip his up for a quick meal!

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