Yes, the salad days are here, and this recipe was inspired by a salad I had at Dottie's Coffee Lounge on North Street a few weeks ago. Jess made a delicious cumin dressing and served it over watercress and bacon bits – it was savory, slightly warm, and I was inspired to try making my own cumin dressing. I used lardons – large chunks of bacon instead of slices for the 'croutons' and as a way to get the most flavor out of the dried whole cumin seeds. This recipe is as much about the ingredients as it is the way you combine them. Letting the raw onion slices mellow in the Fire Cider and lime juice takes some of the sting out of them as well as the lingering aftertaste. So add as many as you like!
- juice of half a lime
- 3 tablespoons of Unsweetened Fire Cider or Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- about ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
- Salad greens- I used a few big handfuls each of baby kale and spinach
- ½ cup cilantro leaves or more, use them like you would any salad green, no need to chop!
- 2-3 teaspoons whole cumin
- 1/3 cup pork lardons aka chunks, rather than slices, of bacon cut into crouton-sized pieces
Slice the red onion as thinly as possible, add it to your salad bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Add the Unsweetened Fire Cider and lime juice and mix well. Set aside.
Add the sliced lardons and whole cumin to a skillet over medium heat and cook until the lardons are just a bit crispy and have rendered about 1/3-1/2 cup of fat. No need to measure, just make sure you've got about twice as much bacon fat as you do Fire Cider and lime juice. Set a side to cool for a few minutes.
Add the baby kale, spinach and cilantro to your salad bowl and toss to coat with the onion/Fire Cider/lime mixture. Add some black pepper for a little kick!
Now, here's the part where you may want an extra set of hands – You are going to toss the salad while adding all the cumin, rendered warm fat and lardons from your skillet. Toss well. Taste, and add salt and pepper to your liking.
I topped my salad with some baby radish slices for extra crunch.
Enjoy outside with friends for maximum awesome!