Renovation Recipes: Crunchy Apple, Bacon & Kale Salad

Kale, Bacon and Apple Salad, but Moregeous

Surrounded by the business accounts today I felt like I needed some mid-morning nutrition. I’m not a big one for breakfasts and can easily get up at 8 and not eat til gone 4 – sometimes I’ve to be prodded into eating during the day! This is no good when doing physical or brain taxing work however so whilst we’re still mid-reno, I’m making the effort. With no kitchen, throwing fast salads together has become a good habit and it also means I can nibble at my own pace. If I just dip in for a spoonful between receipts, this one may take up to 3 hours…..


Kinda hard to know what to call this one as the ingredients are thrown in with none more important that the other, they all work to make it a healthy, tasty snack which can be popped in the fridge for later if not all eaten.

  • 4 rashers of smoked back bacon, cut butcher thick, no wishy washy supermarket gubbins allowed.
  • Half an apple, diced into little chunks
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts, chopped but not too fine
  • 1 tablespoon of parmesan, grated or thinly sliced
  • A good handful of kale
  • A dash of mayo or Caesar dressing

For renovators with only an oven, grill the bacon and leave to cool. If you’re ovenless and only have a hob, you could dry fry it. I like my bacon still soft but you could crisp it up for a slightly different salad flavour.

Whizz the kale until finely chopped in a mini food processor. I use my Kenwood mini chopper for herbs, nuts and kale all the time, and it’s teeny and easy to rinse out in our one weeny sink. Yes, I bought mine, this is it, and yes this is a *real* recommendation.

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. I like mine with an added spoonful of Caesar salad dressing, or mayo, but if you’re dieting, then you can leave this out. Tastes better with it though 😉

NB For new readers: I live in a kitchenless, hot water-less, hobless house mid-selfbuild & renovations, hence these simple / effective / hearty recipes and food advice for others in the same boat. This isn’t an expert blog for expert foodies with all the gadgets either, so don’t get all prissy if I use cheating additions and never boil / pan fry anything… because I can’t! x

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