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A question about a recipe: Not-Too-Virtuous Salad with Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette

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I have a question about the recipe "Not-Too-Virtuous Salad with Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette" from wanderash. Any suggestions on making this vegetarian-friendly, to satisfy the vegetarians at Thanksgiving? Should I just put the lardons on the side, or is there something I can substitute with?

asked by linzarella about 2 years ago
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broccolirose

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added about 2 years ago

I think this salad would still be fantastic and refreshing without the bacon. There's still a lot of different flavors and textures going on as a meatless version- if you think some of your guests would prefer the lardons you could definitely serve them on the side.

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AntoniaJames

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added about 2 years ago

I've made it both with and without bacon. It's delicious both ways! Yes, put the lardons on the side for people who want them. I'd probably put some toasted pumpkin seeds in or as an optional add-on it, too, if leaving out the bacon. Your guests will love it!! ;o) P.S. Gee, now I'm thinking about adding it to my menu, too. It is so, so good, and perfect for a holiday meal.

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added about 2 years ago

AJ, Pumpkin seeds is a great idea, I think that's exactly what I'm going to do, and just leave out the lardons entirely since we already have them in a few other dishes. By the way, I first had (& fell for) this salad when Amanda & Merrill came to Omnivore Books...if I remember correctly, it was you who made it and I couldn't stop eating it!