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Great Aunt Jean's Style Wilted Lettuce Salad

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Ingredients
  Leaf lettuce head 1⁄2 (Or As Desired, I Used ½ Head Of "Leaf Lettuce" From The Local Grocery Store. You May Use Any Soft Lettuce That You Like.)
  Purple onion 1⁄2 Medium, thinly sliced
  Apple cider vinegar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Bacon slices 1⁄2 Pound (About 8 Uncooked Slices)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Flour 2 Tablespoon
Directions

Wash and dry leaf lettuce, and then tear it into bite-sized pieces. Place it in a large bowl, slice ½ of a purple onion over the lettuce and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 cup water, salt and pepper to taste, and set aside. In a skillet, fry ½ pound (about 8 slices) bacon until crisp. Let cool slightly, and then crumble bacon over the torn leaf lettuce and sliced purple onions. Drain the bacon fat from the skillet, leaving about 2 to 3 tablespoons of bacon grease. Add 2 tablespoons flour to the reserved bacon grease and cook and stir over low heat until brown and smooth. Add the vinegar/brown sugar/water mixture to the browned flour mixture. Cook and stir over low heat until a nice, brown gravy forms. Let it cool slightly, and then pour it over the lettuce/onion/bacon mixture in the large bowl. This will wilt the lettuce ever so slightly. Toss the salad with a large salad fork and spoon and serve immediately. The flavor of this salad is just the best! Thanks, Chaz (and Great Aunt Jean!) for providing the clues for putting this terrific salad together! I hope everyone loves it!!! --Betty

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Fried
Dish: 
Salad
Ingredient: 
Bacon, Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Servings: 
4
Salads the quintessential summer food. Give your lettuce salad a slight makeover, however, with Betty’s replication of her great aunt’s wilted lettuce salad. Topped with a snazzy dressing, this salad will pair well with seafood or any meat dishes. Just get tearing those wilted lettuce and tossing up this quick salad. For quick instructions, don’t forget to tune into the recipe video.

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