Monday, June 9, 2014

Loaded Hot Dog Salad

I can definitely count the number of hot dogs I have during any given summer on one hand. Even though I only buy nitrite-free dogs (my kids love them), they still just aren't my thing. Since I'm not eating them in a bun and dousing them with condiments they simply seem much less appealing.

I recently found grass-fed hot dogs at a local grocery store and picked them up on a whim. Since I bought "grown up" hot dogs I thought I'd have fun preparing them in a similarly adult fashion. All the fixings, but served as a salad instead of finger food. A little zip, a little cool lime... and a little bit of bacon.

The caveman wasn't too excited as I was prepping yesterday's lunch; he's not a hot dog fan AT ALL and scoffed at my concoction. When he tried it, however, he was sold.

I did include a small handful of crushed organic kettle salt & vinegar chips (they're the caveman's, so it was mostly to appease him!). I wanted a crunchy element and did like the contrast, and will make sure I have pickles on hand next time to accomplish the same purpose. You could also include olives, bell pepper, raw cheese... whatever toppings/fixings you fancy.

Loaded Hot Dog Salad

4 nitrite-free (ideally grass-fed) hot dogs
4 nitrite-free bacon slices
2 cups arugula
2 cups romaine or spinach
2 medium chopped tomatoes
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 diced jalapeño, seeds removed
1 medium avocado, diced
juice of 1/2 lime
salt, to taste
1 tbs. olive oil
chopped pickles & minced cilantro, to garnish

Wrap hot dogs with bacon and secure with toothpicks. Cook in a grill pan, turning often, until bacon is crisp.

Meanwhile, put greens in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño and avocado. Drizzle with lime juice and olive oil. Toss gently and season with salt.

Once hot dogs are cooked, place on top of lettuce. Pour tomato mixture over hot dogs. Sprinkle with chopped pickles and cilantro.