Spring has arrived and soon we’ll have access to deliciously fresh spinach, kale, and lettuce in Minnesota. This is one of my biggest food challenges with my kids – getting them to eat leafy greens.
Before I was a parent, I would think, “Of course my children will eat the same foods that I like. Of course they will want to eat all that is healthy and nutritious.”
But now that I have children of my own, I realize this is easier said than done.
What a fool I was.
Another week, another leafy greens attempt. This time I had a genius idea:
Bacon! They like bacon. They will eat leafy greens if it tastes like bacon!
And the Bacon Salad was born. More accurately, the BBLT = Bean, Bacon, Letuce, and Tomato
I made the salad with a velvety butter lettuce, thinking the grainy texture of spinach would drive my kids up the wall. But still – they cried, complained, claimed it was akin to torture.
My daughter did her best to make a case for not eating leafy greens.
Me: “You’re old enough now to start eating lettuce. Kids your age eat greens.”
Daughter: ”I’m going to ask all of the kids in my class if they eat lettuce. I’ll bet they’ll say no.”
Husband: “Why don’t you ask your teacher if lettuce is good for you?”
Don’t be influenced by the little ones. Take it from me, this is a yummy salad for you bacon lovers. And the beans will provide protein and fill you up.
Bacon Salad (BBLT)
Recipe by Striving Bean
Serves 6 – 8
Ingredients – Salad
- 1 – 15 oz. can navy beans (rinsed and drained) OR
if using cooked beans, use 1 & 2/3 cups (1.66 cups)
- 1 head shredded butter lettuce (or leafy greens of your choice)
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 8 – 10 strips of bacon, cooked (1 Tablespoon of bacon drippings reserved)
- 1 avocado, sliced for topping
- Pita chips, crushed for topping
Ingredients – Dressing
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (you can use all rice or all red wine vinegar instead if you wish)
- 1 Tablespoon reserved bacon drippings
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- Put shredded lettuce in a large bowl.
- Add diced tomatoes.
- Add navy beans
- Crumble bacon strips and add to bowl.
- Make dressing, stir dressing ingredients together. Keep bacon drippings warm so they don’t solidify.
- Whisk dressing until well blended.
- Pour dressing over salad, toss gently with hands.
- Top with avocado and crushed pita chips.
- Serve immediately.
Our family weighs in:
- Daughter hated it. “It looks pretty, but tastes disgusting!” …sigh…such drama…
- Son was border-line. I think he liked the taste but was heavily influenced by his big sister’s salad distain.
- Husband liked it.
- I liked it.
- Suggested add-ins: Top with chopped green onions, toss in sliced red bell pepper
- We did not use all of the dressing. You may have extra.