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Kentucky Bibb Lettuce Salad with Bourbon Vinaigrette

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Tender Bibb lettuce comes from Kentucky. Dress it up with bourbon-infused vinaigrette, and serve with Country Ham Corn Cakes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 8 cups torn Bibb lettuce (2 to 3 medium heads)
  • 4 cups trimmed watercress
  • 4 large peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Bourbon Vinaigrette
  • Country Ham Corn Cakes

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss pecans in butter. Stir together brown sugar and red pepper in a bowl; add pecans, tossing to coat. Spread pecans in a single layer in a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined shallow pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned, toasted, and fragrant. Remove from oven, and toss pecans with crumbled bacon. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; separate pecans with a fork.

  2. Combine Bibb lettuce, next 3 ingredients, and pecan mixture in a large bowl. Top with crumbled cheese. Serve with Bourbon Vinaigrette and Country Ham Corn Cakes.