My mom always made wilted lettuce salad during the summer, using fresh leaf lettuce from the garden. To this day, the taste of a wilted lettuce salad fills my heart and mind with summery thoughts.
Wilted Lettuce Salad
You will need: bacon, lettuces, onion, and grape tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.
Brown four slices of diced bacon. (More is good, too, but you will have to pour off some of the grease to save for something else, or there will be too much for a proper dressing. A good rule of thumb is 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts oil.) Remove cooked bacon pieces from grease and let sit on paper towel. Reserve grease in the skillet or cooking pot.
Tear up lettuce or greens of your choosing to fill a big mixing bowl. Add about 1/3 of a medium onion, cut into finely slivered pieces. Toss in a handful of halved grape tomatoes. Toss gently together.
Reheat bacon grease if it has cooled. When hot, add 1 tsp sugar and 2 tbs apple cider vinegar. Stir to dissolve sugar.
Make sure all your other supper things are ready; this is not a recipe you can make ahead or let sit very long once it's prepared.
When sugar is dissolved in hot bacon grease, pour over salad mix, add cooked bacon pieces, and toss gently. Serve immediately.