Yes to Asparagus and Bacon or Easter Keto Salad

Yes to Asparagus and Bacon

or An Easter Keto Salad

I’m one month into eating a Keto diet and things are going well. But I had to get creative for our Easter Potluck at the Ranch. I would not be bringing dessert as usual. So a salad it was!

Looking at what was fresh and in my fridge, I knew asparagus and bacon would be the star pairing. And scrolling and searching Pinterest, I found some great recipes. So I did my thing, by combining a few recipes with what I had on hand, and this is what I came up with:

The base is asparagus and green beans. Many recipes called for green peas, but green beans have more fiber and they were already in my house.

I broke the asparagus and green beans into inch long sections, allowing the natural weak point of the stock to choose where to break. I think threw them in the salad spinner, for some rinse, spin, repeat action.

Next came the bacon! i cut up 4 pieces of bacon into small squares (about 1/2 inch) and tossed them into a skillet, cooking them until they were crispy. Using tongs, I removed the bacon bits and placed them in my serving dish.

Keeping that liquid gold of the bacon fat in the pan, I added the asparagus and green beans for a quick sauté. If the asparagus would have been thinner, it would have been for a minute or two, but I ended up cooking them for about 5 minutes, just to get that raw green flavor out. I then tossed the bacon back on into the pan for all the flavors to begin to mingle.

Next came the dressing for this salad.

I grabbed the green onions I had been regrowing on my kitchen window ledge. And using a pair of scissors, I sniped a few tablespoons worth.

 

Next I grabbed a lemon, and quickly sliced and juiced it into a small bowl. The lemon will serve as the acid for the dressing, while the bacon grease will be the fat.

 

 

Next part of the dressing is the herb. I had mint, so that is what I used. But I think Tarragon would have been lovely.

I grabbed a sprig on mint, washed it and then plucked and stacked the leaves. I then rolled them and  cut them Chiffonade.

 

 

With the mint tossed in the bowl with the lemon juice and green onions, followed by a quick twist of black pepper. The dressing was done.

 

With everything tossed together and placed in the serving bowl, and we were ready for the potluck picnic!

I ended up serving it with goat cheese crumbles, but the crew ate it up before I could grab a photo!

Asparagus, Green Bean, and Bacon Salad

Yield: 6-8

Asparagus, Green Bean, and Bacon Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • 2 Cups of Green Beans
  • 4 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 T Cut Green Onion
  • 1 Sprig of Mint or 2 of Tarragon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Clean and cut the vegetables into about 1 inch segments. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch squares and cook. Remove the bacon from the pan and quickly sauté the vegetables in the bacon grease.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the juice of the lemon and the herbs. Mix everything and serve warm or chilled.
  3. Optional -Top with goat cheese.
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Use what you have, and make something great that works for you.

Enjoy!

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