Warm Kale Bacon Salad

I’ll be honest with you. Despite it’s health benefits, I’m not a huge fan of kale. There are people out there who might say, “but Pristine, it’s delicious!” and those people are lying to me and to themselves.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

Of course I’ll eat it in a sandwich or wrap if some crazy person snuck it in there and tricked me into eating it out of guilt but I don’t usually purchase it to eat out of my own free will at home.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

My only exception is this warm kale bacon salad. This should come as no surprise. Bacon makes every thing better. We all know this. And yet it’s easy to forget and overlook the god send byproduct of bacon– bacon grease.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

Oooooh yes. Sizzle a few slices (or the entire package) of bacon and get that yummy bacon greasy goodness. It’s completely irresponsible and damaging to pour bacon grease down your sink drain so you might as well pour it into a tupperware to save it for later.

At this point some of you might be a bit grossed out. Save your bacon grease? Yes. It keeps for months and you can use it to scramble up the most amazing eggs, mix up a nice cream gravy or in general make everything you love even more delicious.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

If you’re still not convinced– no sweat. You’re probably also one of those people that loves the taste of kale. We can still be friends. And you should still try this salad.

After cooking up your bacon, save just a bit of the oil to quickly stir fry your kale. Quickly is the key word here– we are talking superrrrrr quick so the kale is just barely wilted. Kale cooks down really easily so make sure your pan is on low heat and get it in and out before squeezing a juicy lemon on top and adding in your chopped bacon.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

I can eat an entire head of this kale in one sitting (remember it cooks down quite a lot) and still want more It is so good that I actually crave it.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

Me. The kale hater.

Craving bacon kale.

Join me for a bowl. You won’t regret it.

Warm Kale Bacon Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Warm Kale Bacon Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2-4 strips bacon
  • 1 large bunch of kale, rinsed, dried and roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. In a large pan heat oil over medium heat
  2. Add bacon and cook through
  3. Remove bacon from pan and allow to drain on a paper towel
  4. Pour out grease from pan, leaving only 1-2 tsp
  5. Allow pan to cool significantly
  6. Heat pan gently over low heat
  7. Add kale and quickly cook until just wilted and bright green (1-2 minutes)
  8. Transfer kale to plate
  9. Chop bacon and add to kale
  10. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon (or more to taste) over kale and bacon
  11. Toss and serve warm
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Warm Kale Bacon Salad - lightly cooked kale topped with crisp bacon and fresh lemon juice

  • this looks so yummy! I think I would just add some goat cheese 🙂

    Elle

    Southern Elle Style

    • Oooh that’s a GREAT idea. I’ll have to try that next time

  • Patti

    Please come feed me! Have you tried making your bacon in the oven yet? So easy!

    • No but my sister does the same and I need to try it!

  • Jennifer S.

    Good Golly this looks delicious!! Come live with me and cook all the foodssss!!

    • Come to Hong Kong and I can cook for you for sure 🙂

  • Pary Moppins

    Ha ha! You are so right about the people lying to you and themselves. 🙂 Kale is for lizards and maybe juice in a pinch. However, kale wilted in bacon grease is acceptable. 😉

    • Hahah glad you agree but can still support this recipe