Fresh Garden Salad with Bacon Blue Cheese and Garlic Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs parsley, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes cut into 8 pieces each
  • 1 tbs fresh chives. chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh tarragon, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 12 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 cups of salad greens, torn in to bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup home made croutons (or store brought)

This is flavorful salad highlighted by the flavors bacon and blue cheese along with a savory garlic mustard dressing.

 

  • For the dressing: mix garlic, mustard, vinegar and lemon juice until well blended.
  • Whisk in oil, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • For the salad: Fry the bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels.
  • Combine salad greens and all but 6 tbs of the bacon in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Take care not to add too much dressing.
  • Sprinkle blue cheese, croutons and remaining bacon on top of the bowl.
  • Serve to individual plates.
  • Recipe may be halved.

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