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Bacon, Lettuce, Charred Tomato & Quinoa Salad – Recipe!

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Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches are a summertime favorite, so why not eat them in a salad for a lighter option?  I love the saltiness of bacon with charred tangy tomatoes and the quinoa adds an earthiness that you don’t get in a sandwich.  The vinaigrette is a simple combination of red wine vinegar and olive oil with a drizzle of Sriracha for a little kick.

This makes a great salad for lunch during the week or a light dinner.  You can cube up some rotisserie chicken for an even heartier meal, but this recipe is pretty great just the way it’s written.

Ingredients

6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1/2 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions and let cool

3 cups mixed greens

Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Sriracha

pinch of salt & pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

(Serves 4)

To Prepare:

1.  In a large skillet cook bacon and remove it onto a paper towel lined plate.  Drain the bacon fat from the skillet.

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2.  In the same skillet you cooked the bacon, add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes.  Place the tomatoes in a bowl to cool.

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3.  In a large bowl, add the mixed greens.  Then, add the cooked & cooled quinoa, charred tomatoes and crumbled bacon.

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4.  In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and pour over the salad.  Gently toss together to combine the flavors.

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5.  Serve the salad immediately.  Enjoy!

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