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Easy Chicken, Bacon and Egg Wedge Salad

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Chicken Bacon and Egg Wedge Salad

Making salads can be time-consuming if you spend all your time chopping. That's why I simply cored and wedged a head of iceburg lettuce and plated it up pretty with some precooked chicken, tomatoes, crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs and a yummy drizzle of lightened up Parmesan Peppercorn dressing. This salad is perfect for those hectic weekdays ... just serve it with a hearty multigrain roll and call it a night!

Easy Chicken, Bacon & Egg Wedge Salad

Recipe courtesy Susannah Locketti

Serves 4

1 head iceberg lettuce, cored and cut into four wedges
1 package Perdue Shortcuts chicken
4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
4 hard-boiled eggs, halved
4 oz. bacon, cut into 3" pieces
1/2 cup Ken's Healthy Options Parmesan Peppercorn dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

Game plan:

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cut 1/4 off the end of a pound of bacon to form small pieces for easier cooking. Separate and brown the bacon pieces. Meanwhile, set out four dinner plates and put a wedge of iceberg lettuce in the center of each. Evenly divide the chicken, tomato wedges and eggs on each of the four plates. Drizzle the dressing evenly over the salads and garnish with the crispy bacon when done. Season to taste with salt and paper.

Susannah's Money- & Time-Saving Sense:

Using two sources of protein saves money and time in this recipe. Precooked chicken is ready to go, and hard-boiled eggs (left over from the Easter holiday!) add protein, save you money and eliminate waste.

I couldn't resist the addition of bacon in this recipe, because it was on sale for under $2! I only used a quarter of the bacon by creatively snipping it off the end. This also speeds up cooking time! (You should freeze the remainder to stretch it for a few more recipes down the road.) Normally, bacon is about $4 per pound, so this was a great way to add indulgent flavor and texture at a huge savings. (Not to mention that I have 3/4 lb. left over!)

The yummy dressing was on sale for only $1, and I also got a four-pack of tomatoes on sale for only $1.50. Another great way to save on produce is to check out the discounted imperfect produce rack at your grocery store. Usually there is just a slight blemish to it, which can be easily removed with a knife -- and you save off the regular produce price.

Prepping the salad while the bacon cooks is a great way to save time. Coring the lettuce and wedging or halving the remaining ingredients is also a creative timesaver, without sacrificing presentation. 

Pantry +'s:

Any leftover veggie or salad dressing you have on hand would work well here.

Cost Breakdown:

Lettuce -- $1.99

Shortcut chicken -- $2.99

Tomatoes -- $1.50 on sale

Hard-boiled eggs -- Free (on hand)

Bacon -- $1.99 on sale

Dressing -- $1.00 on sale

Total Cost: $9.47

Copyright 2010 by Susannah Locketti

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anonymous April 5, 2010, 7:29 AM

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke! This is not the work of a professional. The presentation is horrible. I think all the ingredients would go together quite well, but a big hunk of iceberg (with little nutritional value) with a couple of slices of bacon thrown on top. WTH? Who gets the bacon of your 4 guests? At least chop it up or something. I realize each plate gets some additional ingredients, but this cannot be a well thought out concoction of someone working as a professional chef. If I had presented this at culinary school, I would have been laughed out of class. Inexpensive doesn’t have to look cheap.

JD April 5, 2010, 10:16 AM

I myself for one, thinks this is a quick and terrific recipe,Like all of suzanna’s, they are to be used by common folk such as myself, trying to impress,family and friends with my dishes. I think it is wonderful and healthy (well bacon)? but thats a treat…ok?
keep up the great work and ideas, you are great, and your dishes our very tasty !!!!!!!! big fan, John David

JD April 5, 2010, 10:19 AM

I think its wonderful Suzanna, quick and healty, Your recipes all are fantastic …….!!!!!!

keep up the tasty work, big fan, John David

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