Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad

Hot Bacon & Chicken SaladEvery once in a while, I discover a fabulous salad. I will order it over and over at the restaurant or make it repeatedly. One salad that comes to mind is the salad at the Pasta House restaurant. While I was pregnant with my oldest, I craved that salad. There were many days when I looked at my husband and said, "I need that salad." He knew what I meant and took me there multiple times over the course of those 9 months.

One of my all-time favorite salads, though, is this recipe for Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad that I discovered while in graduate school. I don't remember how I found it, probably because it has been close to 20 years. (Yikes! That isn't possible...is it? Oy.) All I know is I love it.  Heck, the first time I had my parents over at my apartment, back in the day, I made this for them. 

What I love most about this salad is the simplicity of the flavors combined with the ease in making it. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Before I make the salad, I work on the dressing for it. I combined 1/3 cup of Italian salad dressing with 1/4 tsp dry mustard. Now, of course I didn't have regular Italian dressing when I went to make it, but I did have the Pasta House salad dressing on hand, which is essentially a sweeter Italian dressing. Once the dressing is mixed (I do it in a measuring cup), I set it to the side while I make the salad.

I preheated my wok over medium-high heat then added 8 slices of bacon that I had cut into smaller pieces. I stir fried the bacon until it was crisp (about 4-5 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, I moved the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Then, I drained the fat from the wok.

Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad
Stir frying the bacon

Next, I added some sesame oil to the wok. I let it heat for a minute then added 10 oz of sliced mushrooms and 2 sliced green onions. I stir fried theses until the mushrooms were a nice pretty brown. Once they were ready, I removed them, sitting them to the side.

Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad
Beautiful mushrooms!

Now it was time to cook up the chicken. Before I threw the diced up chicken into the wok, I lightly seasoned it with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I cooked the chicken in the wok for a few minutes until it was lightly browned.

Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad
Browning the chicken.

I then added the vegetables to the wok as well as the dressing that had been sitting to the side. 

As the chicken and vegetables heated through, I placed the 3 cups of torn Romaine lettuce and the crumbled bacon in my large salad bowl.

Hot Bacon & Chicken Salad
Greens and bacon just waiting for the rest.

By this time the contents of the wok were ready so I added them, dressing included, to the salad. I tossed the salad to make sure it was well coated. Then, I added egg wedges on top and served. 

 

Originally posted on Adventures of a Jayhawk Mommy

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