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Wilted Leaf Lettuce Salad Recipe

Wilted Leaf Lettuce Salad Recipe

When I think of my favorite meals from childhood, this salad comes to mind. Nothing beats garden lettuce wilted with bacon drippings, and no other recipe better captures the taste of long ago.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 4 cups torn leaf lettuce
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 radishes, sliced
  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large salad bowl, toss lettuce, onion and radishes; set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towel. To the drippings, add vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Pour over lettuce and toss; sprinkle with bacon. Serve immediately. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 141 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 268mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"I made this with lettuce, green onions and radishes from my garden. Very tasty, I really liked the brown sugar in it!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013

"This is one of my favorite child hood recipes.Now I have a few grandchildren that think it is great."

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