Place bacon in the oven, take it out of the oven too soon, drain, break into small pieces and mix with beaten egg white and sugar, and spice. Pour back onto foil lined cookie sheet and bake until you have a mass of sticky gooey bacon. Stir, stick back in the oven, set the timer for 10 minutes and go shower and shave your legs for 15 minutes, cursing under your breath of why the kids never ever tell you the timer is going off? So now the edges are burnt, you look both ways and eat them. The center still needs to bake more, but now you have to go to the gym. Get back from the gym, turn the oven back on and cook the bacon sticky mess for another 15 minutes. Time has passed and you quickly realized you have to take your less than stellar watermelon bacon salad with you to the potluck anyway. You throw it together, run out the door, sit in traffic for 30 minutes while the salad is in the hot trunk- it was only going to be a 10 minute trip. Fast forward to dinner, everyone is scarfing down your bacon watermelon salad, pointing it out to their wives, and telling them they must get the recipe. The wives corner you for the recipe and you repeat the above story, step by step on how to make this delicious salad.
Candied bacon is the star of this dish while the watermelon wins for best supporting ingredient- a combination made in heaven.
This is my new summer potluck salad. Give it try with the real instructions…
- ¼ cup avocado oil or favorite salad oil
- zest and juice of one lime
- ⅛ tsp. kosher salt
- 8 thick slices applewood smoked bacon
- 1 egg white
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar
- ⅛-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 5 cups ½ inch cubed watermelon
- 5 ounces organic baby romaine lettuce
- Whisk together oil, lime juice and zest, and salt. Set aside.
- Place bacon in a single layer on a foil lined shallow pan with edges. Place in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Cook until bacon is crispy, but not burnt. About 15-20 minutes depending on how quickly your oven heats. Drain bacon on paper towels and pat the tops with a paper towel too.
- Reduce oven heat to 250 degress. You may have to open you oven for a minute to get that temp down.
- Beat the egg white until stiff peaks form then fold in sugar and cayenne pepper. Break bacon into ½ inch pieces and fold it in as well until all the pieces are coated.
- Remove foil from pan and replace it with a piece of parchment paper. Rub a little bacon grease over the parchment paper. Spread bacon mixture into a single layer on the parchment. Bake in oven until the egg mixture on the bacon is dry, not sticky or spongy, and is beginning to get crispy. Mine took 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and using a metal spatula, remove bacon to a wire rack to cool and set.
- To assemble salad, on a serving platter lay out lettuce. Toss watermelon with the lime dressing and pour over the lettuce. Break up the bacon candy and sprinkle over the watermelon. Serve immediately. You can make all the components of this salad ahead of time, store it all in the fridge, but do not mix until ready to serve.