14th October 2013

Lettuce recipe

Crisp lettuce hearts with a hot bacon, maple syrup and garlic dressing

Dress up your lettuce differently, with this super quick recipe. The lovely romaine hearts make for a fresh starter or a great light lunch, but the hot, garlicky dressing and moreish bacon strips give it a lip-smackingly good twist.


Serves: 4 as a starter, 2 for lunch
DeliciousMagazineLogo.jpgTime: Ready in 20 minutes

2 medium or 3 small romaine lettuce hearts
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
8 smoked, maple-cured streaky bacon rashers, cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

1. Remove any tough leaves from thelettuce hearts, trim the bases, then cut each one lengthways through the stem into quarters. Place side-by-side, cut-side up, on a large serving dish or individual plates.

2. Whisk the maple syrup, mustard and sherry vinegar in a small bowl, then gradually whisk in 3 tbsp of the olive oil, the salt and some black pepper to make a dressing.

3. Put the remaining olive oil into a frying pan and heat over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the bacon pieces and stir-fry for about 3 minutes until crisp and lightly golden.

4. Lower the heat slightly, stir in the garlic and leave to sizzle for a few seconds until the garlic starts to colour. Add the maple syrup dressing and heat until it’s bubbling. Spoon the hot dressing and bacon bits over the lettuce wedges and serve straightaway. 

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