Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The 21st Century Housewife's© Club Salad

I invented this recipe on a busy weeknight a couple years ago, and it has become a family favourite. Based on the flavours in the iconic Club Sandwich, it makes a delicious and satisfying meal. The best part is that in my experience, kids really like it too.

If you are watching your pennies (and who isn’t these days!) there is no reason why you could not wash and prepare your own salad leaves. I was just in a hurry the night I developed this recipe and as I had some bagged salad on hand, I used it instead.

This should serve 3 to 4 people.
1 very large bag of ready washed mixed salad
1 to 2 cups cherry tomatoes, rinsed and drained
2 or 3 cooked chicken breasts, chopped in bite-size pieces
(the ones you buy ready-cooked from the grocery store are fine)
1 cup cubed pancetta or unsmoked bacon lardons
(or 5 to 6 slices of bacon, chopped)
Honey Mustard or Ranch dressing
Place the salad leaves in a large bowl.  Add the tomatoes and cooked chicken.  Fry the pancetta or bacon until done, and then add them to the salad while still they are still warm.  Dress the salad with the dressing, toss and divide between three to four large salad bowls. Garnish with croutons.  That is all there is to it!

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