When it comes to feeding a family, frugal and gourmet don't usually describe the experience. However, when you commit to making things yourself it is astounding just how tastefully and inexpensively you can feed a family of four. Gone are the days of $70-$100 meals at a restaurant. Your family will get spoiled very quickly when you make meals that taste as great as this BLT salad with homemade salad dressing. The lemon Dijon vinaigrette is a true show stopper. If this is not hearty enough for your brood for dinner, make it a lunch they'll never forget.
Here's what you need:
- Fresh lettuce (enough for 4 servings)
- 3-4 tomatoes
- 1 12-oz package of bacon
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. chopped shallots or red onion
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 1/4- 1/2 cup oil (If your budget will allow it, extra virgin olive oil will give you nice flavor)
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cup and Tbs. measure
- Time: 5 minutes or less
Directions for salad assembly:
- Fry up your bacon and have it cooling on a paper towel.
- Tear with fingers or cut lettuce to cover the bottom of each plate or bowl.
- Cut tomatoes into wedges and sprinkle on each salad.
- Give each person 2-3 pieces of bacon (whatever your 12 oz. will allow).
- Sprinkle on some croutons.
Making the vinaigrette:
- Wash your lemon, especially if it's not organic.
- Grate some lemon zest into a bowl.
- Roll the lemon to release the juice and squeeze the juice of one lemon into the bowl.
- Add your Dijon mustard.
- Next, add the shallots or red onion (your choice).
- Add a dash of salt and pepper.
- Now whisk together.
- Add oil (to desired consistency) while whisking until fully emulsified. (Tip: do this slowly, and whisk without stopping to keep from having separation later)
- Drizzle the vinaigrette over each salad and serve. (Tip: save remaining vinaigrette in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks)
This chefs recipe will have your family oohing and awing over salad and asking for more of this delightful, flavor filled and frugal meal. You'll smile knowing it cost you under $15. What a bargain!
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