First Spring Salad 2010

May 19th, 2010

On Saturday, I harvested my first salad of the season.



And a handful of radishes.

My first radishes ever!

They grow so fast.

One day they are little squiggly red roots.

And the next…




I brought them in and gave them a bath.

And since I was frying some bacon for the soup – I went ahead and made the recipe for bacon grease salad dressing.

Because what is the point of eating salad if there isn’t a little bacon grease in it?

It’s really the recipe for wilted lettuce.

Did you know that ‘wilted lettuce’ is one of the all time top searches that lands people on this blog?  

Poor, wretched souls!  They had no idea what they were getting themselves into!?!

To make wilted greens you take a teaspoon of bacon grease and add vinegar, brown sugar and salt to taste.  I probably use two tablespoons of brown sugar, a dash of salt and maybe an 1/8 C of vinegar.  But you will desire an entirely different proportion of these ingredients.  So leave plenty of room for error.  


Serve with potato bacon soup and hot biscuits!

On a cold rainy Saturday in the Spring.


Is it ever good!


  • jamoody:

    Color me jealous…with all of the rain, my garden is a mud pit right now. I’m not sure I’ll have anything to harvest…it looks as if it is all drowning. Maybe next year we can level it out better or create a better drainage system for it.

  • Samantha:

    YUM! and lovely photos too! Never heard of wilted lettuce/salad before, but I’m going to try it!

  • M.R.:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for over 30 years — but OH! My memories of wilted lettuce salads. But we always crumbled bacon all over it too.

  • Deb:

    I clicked over to your old wilted lettuce post – love that salad spinner idea!

  • LucyJoy:

    Oh yum! It looks & sounds delicious! My daddy used to grow the best vegetables…It was such a treat to have a salad made from the first lettuce of the year. Oh! and lest I forget, new potatoes with fresh peas in a cream sauce; there’s nothing like it!…Boy, is my mouth watering!

  • MeganM:

    I love, love, love wilted lettuce! I add a little hard-boiled egg and call it “breakfast salad” I am anxiously awaiting my first lettuce harvest so I can make some. I love your blog. It makes me feel normal!

  • Martha in Kansas:

    Mmmmmmmm! What time’s lunch?

    I planted lettuce last weekend. Forgot to plant it. I can see it’s coming up, but it will be a while. So, thanks so much for making me hungry!

    I lust after that pretty blue bowl!

  • Soup, salad, biscuits! YUM – love this post!! :)

  • I was just about to ask on the main post if you used bacon grease for the wilt. Color me so happy that you did! And since you brought it up, I guess I’ll go heat up a bowl of the potato soup I made yesterday…

  • inga:

    Um, yummo! Your garden is looking great. My garden is enjoying the free watering it has been getting lately. I just made my first rain barrel to harvest more free water.


  • Spinny:

    Potato Bacon Soup!!!

    Oh, yum!

    I am very jealous of your pretty garden of veggies.

  • Nice! I haven’t even had a chance to plant yet. I’d blame the fact that we haven’t finished the fencing yet, but that would be completely putting the blinders on the fact that we had 8″ of snow last week. Phooey. I’m coming to your house for dinner.

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Ah, Rechelle, that looks delish! Everything looks so fresh and springy. The potato soup looks wonderful.

    I’ve been an apartment dweller my entire adult life and have come to envy all you who have room to garden; I don’t even have a balcony. :(

  • Robbyn:

    We called the wilted lettuce salad “fodder” back in my childhood pork-eating days. It tasted great with anything! Love your beautiful salad greens…our weather here is already hot enough to make most lettuces bitter. Such pretty edible blooms in your salad, too…look like nasturtiums?

  • The salad looks and sounds great, but the soup looks even better. Did you make that one too? If so, please consider sharing the recipe in a future post. I’m coming down with a cold, so soup sounds sooooo good to me right now.

  • Jill:

    I love radishes and I love your big blue bowl!

  • I want that bowl! I so wish I had planted lettuce this spring! I will be making that dressing!

  • Ooooo, those look like french breakfast radishes. My favorite!

  • You’re raised bed garden from last year inspired me. Of course mine is only 16 square feet and the lettuce is just peeking above the dirt today and there sadly isn’t room in the middle for a wash tub. (And I don’t have a lovely blue bowl.) But I do have a rain barrel and lots of optimism and a healthy covetousness of your garden center job. Thanks for posting.

  • I looked, and looked and looked, and those are in deed flowers in your wilted salad! What kind? they are so beautiful in the salad. Please share so my life and my salad can be complete!