Recipe: Mozzarella, bacon and roasted veg salad

 
Mozzarella, bacon and roasted veg salad

Mozzarella, bacon and roasted veg salad

Recently, Florette Salad challenged me to post a recipe on my blog using any one of their products.

The obvious option was a salad, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to make at first; I’ve eaten so many salads lately, it had to be something a little bit different that wasn’t going to taste like rabbit food.

When I came across this recipe for mozzarella, bacon and roasted veg salad on Florette Salad’s website, I knew it was the one. There were a few good contenders on the website, which features a range of low calorie meals besides salads, but I liked this particular recipe because I’ve never heard of bacon and mozzarella being used together in a salad before and it allows you to enjoy a bit of the good (salad, roasted veg) with a bit of the bad (bacon, mozzarella).

The bacon and mozzarella went well together and, along with the roasted veg, made for a salad that looked really appealing and tasted even better. I’ll definitely be making this again!

Ingredients

Ingredients for the salad

Ingredients for the salad

Duo salad (I couldn’t find this so used ‘Sweet and crispy’ instead)
Red Pepper
Red Onions
Buffalo Mozzarella (ideally in small balls, but you can just chop up a larger ball like I did)
Bacon Lardons (I just chopped up a few slices of bacon)
Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt
Pepper

Method

1. Heat oven to 200 degrees.

2. Cut red pepper in half and discard all seeds. Skin the red onion and cut into eight pieces.

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Slice the red pepper half and cut the red onion into wedges

3. Put pepper and onions in a non stick roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 15 minutes (I added some fresh thyme, which made for a delicious taste after roasting!)

Cover the red onions and red pepper in plenty of olive oil before roasting

Cover the red onions and red pepper in plenty of olive oil before roasting

4. Remove the pepper when the skin is starting to blacken, leaving the onions in for a further 10 minutes.

When the red pepper looks slightly charred, it's ready

When the red pepper looks slightly charred, it’s ready

5. When cool, peel the skin off the pepper and cut in to long thin slices (this is a really messy job, but it’s worth it!)

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Take care when slicing the pepper – it can be quite slippery

4. Gently saute the sliced lardon pieces in a teaspoon of olive oil until golden brown.

Frying the bacon lardons

Frying the bacon lardons

5. Put Duo salad leaves in a bowl. Lay over the top the pepper slices and roasted onion. Pour over a slug of olive oil, some balsamic vinegar, and seasoning. Sprinkle over the Mozzarella balls and the hot lardons and serve.

Looking for new ideas for salads? You might like my recipe for chorizo and egg salad.

Florette Salad sent me a free cookery book and goodie bag, including salad vouchers, in return for writing this post. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review of their products.

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27 Comments

  1. October 8, 2015 / 7:35 am

    That salad looks lovely. I like it when it’s not all rabbit food. I enjoy adding apple to salads to give it added sweetness.

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:28 am

      Ooh yes, a good Waldorf salad is right up my street!

  2. October 8, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Oh sounds like a good recipe – would never think of putting bacon and mozzarella together but I bet it’s gorgeous x

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:27 am

      A match made in heaven πŸ™‚

  3. October 8, 2015 / 9:46 am

    I’ve never thought of roasting vegetables and using them in a salad- but it would definitely make me eat more salad, I’m not a fan of the usual bland cold salad but this sounds right up my street!

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Definitely – the bacon and mozzarella really jazz up this salad!

  4. October 8, 2015 / 9:57 am

    Oh my word, I can’t believe how delicious that looks! I wouldn’t have thought of combining roast veg with bacon to make a salad at all. Drooling now….

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:27 am

      It’s well worth a go at making this if you can spare the time. It was so tasty x

  5. October 8, 2015 / 11:53 am

    My husband always makes a fuss when we have salad for lunch but as both bacon and mozzarella are favourite foods I might just get away with this one.

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:26 am

      This is what I love about this recipe! πŸ™‚

  6. October 8, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    This sounds delicious! I sometimes find salad a bit boring but this is definitely not that. x

    • October 13, 2015 / 9:13 am

      Thanks Charlotte, I know what you mean. I’m not a big salad fan usually but this was lovely.

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:26 am

      Definitely; the bacon makes the salad more exciting!

  7. October 8, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    I always have something similar to this but I chuck on some mango as well x

    • October 13, 2015 / 9:13 am

      Sounds delicious; good idea!

  8. October 8, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Roasting vegetables in a salad is the best although as a veggie I would substitute the bacon for Quorn chicken.

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:25 am

      Sounds like a plan! Bacon is one of my favourite kinds of meat! x

  9. October 8, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    yummm, it sounds good!
    I wonder if smoked veggies will work in it as well.

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:25 am

      That’s a great idea, I reckon they’d work well in this!

  10. Anna Lysik
    October 8, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Aww amazing food from you! This sounds soo yummy!

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:25 am

      Aww thanks Anna. It was pretty good πŸ™‚

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:24 am

      Thanks , me too πŸ˜‰

  11. October 8, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    mmm this sounds yum! My husband is a huge fan of anything with bacon in so I’m sure I could sneak this salad past him!

    • October 13, 2015 / 1:24 am

      The bacon definitely helped to win me over πŸ™‚ Goes well with the mozzarella too x

  12. October 9, 2015 / 9:45 am

    This looks super yummy! I’m not a big salad fan but this does look great! Kaz x

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