Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bacon, blue cheese and ciabatta salad

My thoughts have turned to salads, due to the unbelievably warm weather we are having. This is quick and easy to prepare, which was perfect last night as we were all rushing around. I love bacon and blue cheese together, but if blue cheese is not your thing, it could be substituted with asparagus or boiled eggs. Add anything that takes your fancy really. I got the idea from a recipe from Jamie Oliver which uses pancetta, roquefort cheese and sour dough bread. So really this is just a poor mans version, but every bit as tasty.

Serve 4
1 packet of salad leaves of your choice
1 packet of smoked bacon
1 packet of St Agur cheese
3 ciabatta rolls or a loaf of ciabatta (If part-baked, crisp up in the oven first)
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Chop the bacon into small bits and fry in some olive oil until crispy. Roughly tear the ciabatta into chunks and throw them in with the bacon, continue to fry until they are golden and starting to crisp. Add the bacon and the ciabatta to the salad leaves. Break the amount of cheese you desire into small chunks and add this to the bowl and mix everything together . Make a dressing with 2 parts olive oil, 1 part balsamic vinger, add some french or english mustard, salt and ground pepper and give a good shake. Pour this over the salad, mix and serve.

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