I think it is safe to say that you have to be very Southern or maybe even Southern Country to have enjoyed this vegetable salad dish. This is the first salad I can remember having as a kid. Actually it is one of my first food memories, well, maybe oatmeal. The recipe will serve 4, but to be honest it is the perfect size for me.
I stopped by my favorite produce stand last week to see how the garden was coming along. Took Pat and David a few "Hot Mess" Brownies so they will remember to call me the second anything is ready to sell. David's garden should be written up in Gardening Digest or something, beyond perfect. Weeds wouldn't have the nerve to grow in his garden. Anyway, they gave me a big bag of leaf lettuce and a dozen green onions. I'm not kidding I almost ran over 3 cows and a coon to get home to make this salad.
Wilted Lettuce Salad
serves 4, don't count on it
6 slices bacon
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 pound leaf lettuce
4-5 green onions course chopped
1 hard boiled egg, grated (optional)
Warm a large bowl by filling it with very hot water. Fry bacon, remove from pan, and set aside to crispen. Pour water from bowl and dry it. Put cut lettuce into the bowl. Add vinegar, salt, sugar, pepper to hot bacon grease and pour over lettuce immediately. Cover bowl and let lettuce wilt for 5 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with crumbled bacon, green onion, and grated egg, if using. Serve at once.
COOK'S NOTE: Some folks like to add the green onion in with the lettuce. Either way is fine.