Baby Head Lettuce Salad with Caramelized California Avocados

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Serves: 6
  As needed  Roquefort Herb Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  As needed  Bacon Confit (recipe follows)
12    heads sweet/mild baby lettuces (Lola Rossa, Green Leaf, Bibb, etc.), cleaned, separated into leaves
  each large Fresh California Avocados*, peeled, seeded, cut into 6 wedges
  As needed  Granulated sugar as needed
  As needed  Oil as needed
    Roquefort Herb Vinaigrette (Yield: 3 cups)
oz.  wholegrain mustard
oz.  maple syrup
oz.  golden balsamic vinegar
tsp.  sea salt
1/4  tsp.  fresh ground black pepper
oz.  mild extra virgin olive oil
oz.  rice bran or canola oil
Tbsp.  fresh tarragon, chopped
Tbsp.  fresh marjoram, chopped
oz.  Roquefort cheese, crumbled
    Bacon Confit
lb.  piece of Applewood-smoked slab bacon, cut 1" thick, rind removed

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


Roquefort Herb Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine the shallot, mustard, maple syrup, golden balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender. Blend until shallot is finely chopped. Slowly add the oils in a thin stream to emulsify. Transfer to a bowl and add the herbs and cheese and whisk lightly to combine, leaving chunks of cheese.

Bacon Confit:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the bacon into a pan that is slightly larger than the bacon. Roast the bacon fat side up for 2-3 hours until bacon is tender and golden brown. It should be totally caramelized. Drain on paper towels. Cut into 1/4-inch lardons. Reserve at room temperature if using right away, otherwise refrigerate until needed. Bring to room temperature before use.
  2. Alternatively, vacuum pack the bacon and cook in a thermal bath at 185 degrees for 24 hours. Cool, and finish at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until brown. Continue as directed above.


  1. Place the lettuce leaves in a large bowl and dress lightly. Set aside.
  2. Dust the cut sides of the avocado slices with the granulated sugar. Heat a non-stick pan with a small amount of oil over medium heat. Sauté the avocado slices until the sugar is caramelized.

To Assemble:

  1. Divide the lettuce among 6 chilled plates. Garnish each with several lardons of Bacon Confit, and 2 slices of the caramelized avocado. Drizzle with dressing. Serve.

* A large Fresh California Avocado weighs about 8 oz.

Josiah Slone

Chef Josiah Slone, Sent Sovi in Saratoga, CA

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