Bacon-Apple-Arugula Salad

  • 6 slices thick-cut, smoked bacon -- cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tart apple -- cored and chopped into coarse pieces
  • 1 bunch arugula -- cleaned and torn
  • 2 T. coarse mustard
  • 1 T. mirin (sweetened rice wine can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
  • 1 T. rice vinegar
  • 1-2 T. bacon fat

Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove to drain over folded paper towels. Reserve the rendered bacon fat for the dressing.

Toss the bacon with the apples and arugula and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a resealable bottle and shake vigorously to form a dressing. Toss with the salad and serve immediately.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
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