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    Garden Leaf lettuce ...help

    We have been enjoying wilted lettuce salad with our garden leaf lettuce. But you can only eat so much bacon grease.... it is good, but not healthy.

    Does anyone have a good recipe for garden leaf lettuce.
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    My recipe has mayonaise, which also has oil. (You could use a low fat mayo. though I don't.) I make a dressing with 3 Tablespoons of mayo, 1 T. milk , 1 or 2 T. Balsemic vinegar, crushed clove of garlic, 1 t. sugar. Mix well and stir into the salad leaves gently, chill about 15 minutes before serving.

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    My Mom always made wilted lettuce . She would fry and drain bacon. then crumble it. add buttermilk and heat. pour iver your lettuce. It is delicious! And I don't even like buttermilk.

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    Oh, I wish I had a BIG pan full. I would cook a pot of beans, fry some potatoes, cornbread and lettuce wilted. MMMMMM

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    You can make a wilted lettuce salad with any kind of viniagrette. Just heat it and pout it over your lettuce. I like a nice balsamic viniagrette over spinach. yum.
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    I use leaf lettuce from the garden to make just a regular salad. I chop up carrots, green onions,mushrooms, all colors of peppers, hard boiled egg, ham and turkey slices, cheese and fresh spinach and make it a meal!

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    My go to recipe for leaf lettuce isn't exactly low calorie either but my family loves it. I mix about 1/4 cup Miracle Whip, 1/8 cup of brown sugar and just enough vinegar to make it more liquids (kind of the thickness of pancake syrup) and drizzle it over the leaf lettuce spread out on the plate. MMMMMMM, leaf lettuce!

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    My grandmother used this recipe for leaf lettuce salad. Take a small can of Carnation condensed milk, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, enough white vinegar - add slowly and stir- to make the milk curdle. Too much or too little vinegar and it will not work, and it isn't instant. The milk will become very smooth and thick and tangy/sweet. Pour over lettuce which has been torn and twisted into bite sized pieces. Very different, very good.

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    thank you ladies...mmmmmmm I am going out to pick more.... all sound so good. Quilter 1234

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    If you buy the Helmmann's mayo made with olive oil, it is fine for you. It is the jar with the green lid.

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    I wilt it with out the bacon grease. I heat up the vinegar, sugar... and put in a few bacon bits just enough to get a little flavor. This works good without all of the grease.

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    I use our 3 kinds of leaf lettuce along with our iceberg lettuce to make a general green salad. I cut everything into small pieces, add mushrooms, carrots, celery, red onion. I cut tomatoes and cucumbers and put in separate dishes. Then, put your finely chopped salad into a bowl, add a dressing of choice and then add the tomatoes and cucumbers. Delicious and very easy to eat.

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    The one we always do is: garden lettuce, sliced cucumbers, chives, and sourcream.
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    I use my garden lettuce to make a 'normal' salad - lettuce, carrots, celery, radishes, red onion, etc. Then put any kind of dressing you like - italian, french, ranch, etc. DH and I have found that we enjoy salads lately with just olive oil and fresh lemon juice - simple and healthy, without all the additives in the prepared salad dressings.

    This is the type of salad we had when I was growing up. I never had a 'wilted' salad, except if I ordered a spinach salad in a restaurant. DH's cousin asked me recently how I used my garden lettuce. I thought that was a strange question and told her I just used it in a 'regular' salad. She said her mom only fixed garden lettuce with a wilted dressing! Maybe it's a midwest thing? (I grew up on the east coast).

    Interesting how we all have differing habits and ways of doing things.......

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    Oh, just enjoy it the way you like it. It is a seasonal dish and isn't something you will eat for very long. My mouth is watering!
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    With fresh fruits and vegetables available the year around at your local market, leaf lettuce isn't really seasonal anymore. Maybe homegrown is seasonal.

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    Gma of 8, I tried the buttermilk and bacon last night for dinner--it wa SO good. I saved a little of the dressing and reheated it in the microwave and had another bowl before I went to bed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    My grandmother used this recipe for leaf lettuce salad. Take a small can of Carnation condensed milk, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, enough white vinegar - add slowly and stir- to make the milk curdle. Too much or too little vinegar and it will not work, and it isn't instant. The milk will become very smooth and thick and tangy/sweet. Pour over lettuce which has been torn and twisted into bite sized pieces. Very different, very good.
    Is that condensed milk, the one full of sugar and a light caramel color, or is it the evaporated milk, no sugar, just thickened milk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MdmSew'n'Sew View Post
    Is that condensed milk, the one full of sugar and a light caramel color, or is it the evaporated milk, no sugar, just thickened milk?
    Oh. I am so sorry. That is evaporated milk. Can't imagine how awful it would be with condensed milk! Oh my bad!!!

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    We have always had our garden lettuce with fried crumbled bacon, and a dressing of half and half, sugar and cider vinegar (usually made with 2cups 1/2&1/2 and 1/4 cup each sugar and vinegar) and we eat ours on mashed potato with more crumbled bacon. It's an awesome seasonal meal - left over salad will not keep with dressing on it - it gets too mushy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter 1234 View Post
    We have been enjoying wilted lettuce salad with our garden leaf lettuce. But you can only eat so much bacon grease.... it is good, but not healthy.

    Does anyone have a good recipe for garden leaf lettuce.
    Thanks
    I would love the recipe you use!!!!

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    We actually use leaf and romaine lettuce as a wrap for a sandwich. Just take your favorite meat, my husband uses ham, I like chicken, put on some diced tomato, maybe avacado or some greek yogurt with a bit of hot sauce in it. Put it in the middle of the leaf and eat it sort of taco style. My son and I used some leftover Chinese food the other day. You will need to pick your biggest leaves and it can be a bit messy, but what a healthy way to eat a sandwich.

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    I just use it like you would with regular lettuce.
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