German Wilted Salad

Recipe By candaceweigand
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  • Using a really sharp knife or a lettuce knife, cut the head of lettuce in half, then cutting on the flat side of each half, start cutting the lettuce into very thin shreds until all of the lettuce is cut up, and then put it into a large salad bowl. Cut the green onion into very small pieces, you do not want big pieces. Put it on top of the shredded lettuce in the bowl.
  • Then, cut your bacon into very small pieces and start frying on the stove in a frying pan. Take your sour cream and put into a larger measuring cup or a bowl. Using a tablespoon, gradually start adding vinegar 1 tablespoon at a time to the sour cream. Stir. Then add some salt. Start off with a 1/2 Tbsp. of salt. Stir. Keep adding more vinegar and salt to taste to the sour cream. Stir and taste. You want this mixture to end up tasting not so much just like sour cream, but to have a bite to it (from the vinegar), but not be overly salty. I usually end up putting about 6 Tbsp. of vinegar and less than 1 Tbsp of salt in total. Keep tasting as you add.
  • When your bacon is completely cooked and a bit crispy, but not burned, remove from the burner immediately, then taking a metal tablespoon, spoon 3 or 4 spoonfuls of the bacon grease onto the salad and stir the salad. Then add the bacon on top of the salad (but not the rest of the grease in the pan), and toss the salad. Then add your sour cream mixture slowly to your salad, tossing your salad as you go. You do not want the salad to be completely soaking in the dressing, just covered, so don't worry if you do not use all of the dressing on the salad. Serve immediately or can be refrigerated for a short time before your meal.


This is an old family recipe. We usually make it with Thanksgiving Dinner and for Christmas dinner. It is definitely not a diet salad, but it is delicious! Our family loves any leftovers of this salad the next day. The lettuce will be completely wilted, but with the sour cream, vinegar and bacon flavor, it's delicious! Serves at least 10 or more. You can also double this recipe if you like, if you are serving a lot of people, but you will need a really large salad bowl (or 2 separate large bowls).

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  • Tracyhayden |

    Fantastic salad perfect for special occasions or everyday!