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Bacon Date Fennel Salad with Grilled Peaches

Bacon Date Fennel Salad with Grilled Peaches

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  • Author: Katja from the Savory Lotus
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Ingredients

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For the dressing:

  • 5 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS bacon fat (reserved from cooking bacon)
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar (like this)
  • 1 piece of cooked bacon
  • 4 dates, dried and pitted
  • 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt (I use this one)

For salad:

  • 1 cup fennel bulb, chopped into small pieces
  • 34 peaches, ripe but not too soft
  • 4 pieces of bacon, already cooked, chopped into small pieces
  • mixed salad greens (I used a little less than a 1/2 LB)
  • 1 TBS coconut oil, butter, or ghee for cooking
  • 1 TBS coconut oil, butter, or ghee for peaches, melted
  • pinch of celtic sea salt

Instructions

For dressing:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processor and process until smooth and dates are all incorporated.

For fennel:

  1. Melt fat of choice in a medium skillet. Saute chopped fennel for 4-5 minutes with a pinch of sea salt, until fragrant but still crunchy. Remove from heat and allow to cool. I place mine in the fridge to cool them faster.

For grilled peaches:

  1. Cut peaches in half and pit them. Lightly brush peach halves with melted coconut oil, butter, or ghee.
  2. Grill peach halves cut side down over medium heat (with grill lid closed) until tender but not falling apart. Timing varies with the ripeness of your peaches. Mine took about 12-14 minutes. Check them periodically until done. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

To assemble salad:

  1. Toss salad greens with dressing until well coated. Place into a large bowl. Pour cooled fennel pieces and chopped bacon on top. Arrange grilled peaches along the side.
  2. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!

Notes

This recipe calls for already cooked bacon. I bake my bacon at 400′ F on a big baking sheet for 20-25 minutes until crispy. It makes a much smaller mess and tends to burn less. You can also cook it in a pan on the stove top.

Either way, reserve a bit of the bacon fat for the dressing.