Pomelo, Escarole and Candied Bacon Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing
Here, sweet pomelo and brown-sugar-glazed bacon balance the slight bitterness of the escarole. The juice of Meyer lemons is less tart than that of regular lemons, but the latter can be substituted. This salad looks nice arranged on individual plates, with 2 strips of bacon laid over the top of each portion.
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
12 slices bacon, preferably applewood-smoked
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
Freshly squeezed juice from 1 or 2 Meyer lemons (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 head (1 pound) escarole, cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 medium sweet red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 (about 2 pounds) pomelo, peeled (removing pith), then cut into bite-size pieces
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a rack in a roasting pan that’s large enough to hold all of the bacon.
Spread the brown sugar evenly over a large piece of wax paper. Press the bacon slices on half of the sugar so the sugar sticks. Arrange the coated bacon in a single layer, sugar side up, on the rack. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven, turn the slices over and sprinkle them with the remaining brown sugar. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.
Transfer the bacon to a plate. Use paper towels to dab away some of the fat on both sides; do not drain the slices on layers of paper towels or the bacon will stick to them.
Use the back of a spoon to mash the garlic and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the mustard, then the lemon juice and oil to form an emulsified dressing. Season with pepper to taste.
Toss together the escarole, red bell pepper and dressing in a large bowl. Divide among individual plates, and scatter pomelo pieces over each portion. Top each serving with 2 slices of the candied bacon. Serve right away. Makes 6 servings.
Source: Elinor Klivans.
Per serving: 410 calories, 8 g protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 25 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 24 g sugar.