Perfectly crunchy and crisp gem lettuce is one of life's great pleasures when it comes to salads. Yes, salads can indeed be pleasurable. This little gem salad with sour cream and onion dressing is a surefire way to eat your salad greens (and enjoy them!). I've also added crispy thick cut bacon because it tastes delicious, but you can absolutely leave it off if you prefer.
I don't know about you, but sour cream and onion flavoured chips were always my favourite flavour. So when I had the thought to turn some nostalgic chip flavours into inspired recipes, I knew I had to start with sour cream and onion. This sour cream dressing is tangy, creamy, thick and full of onion flavour. Onion powder (and a good dose of it) gives this dressing a signature onion-y flavour that really can't be beat. Plenty of chives add to the flavour too. But, if you really want even more sour cream and onion flavour, go ahead and crush some chips up and top your salad with them. It's still a salad with or without the chips ;)
Here are all of the ingredients you'll need to make this little gem salad with sour cream and onion dressing.
Making this little gem salad with sour cream dressing is super easy. Here's what to do.
Cook your bacon until crispy and then roughly chop and set it aside.
Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet drizzle a small amount of oil over medium-low heat. Add the panko and toast until golden, tossing and stirring often. Remove from the heat and add set aside.
In a bowl combine the sour cream, chives, onion powder, onion flakes, garlic, salt and pepper, lemon juice, worcestershire, honey and mustard. Mix well to combine. The dressing will be thick, you can thin with a drizzle of oil or water.
Add the gem lettuce to a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine. You may have leftover dressing.
Top the salad with bacon, panko and extra chives. Garnish with flaky salt and chips (if using). Serve and enjoy!
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This crunchy little gem salad is tossed in a tangy sour cream and onion dressing and topped with toasted panko, bacon and chives.