Bacon and avocado salad with Parmesan croutons recipe

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  • Cost per serving: £1.54
  • 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook Takes: 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 4 Serves: 4

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.

To make the Parmesan croutons, put the chopped ciabatta cubes into a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, grated Parmesan, lemon zest and a little freshly ground black pepper.

Put on a baking sheet and put in the oven on the middle shelf to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the croutons are nicely golden brown. Remove the tray from the oven and set aside.

For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients except the basil leaves. Once well combined, stir in the chopped basil.

To assemble the salad, put the little gem lettuce leaves into a large wide serving bowl, add the watercress, then top with the chopped avocado and pumpkin seeds.

Chop the bacon into small pieces then fry in the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and scatter over the salad.

Drizzle with the dressing, lightly toss and serve.

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  • For the Parmesan croutons
  • 100g (3½oz) ciabatta, cut into 1.5cm (½in) cubes
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • For the dressing
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2tsp runny honey
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • small handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • For the salad
  • 2 little gem lettuces, leaves separated
  • 50g (2oz) watercress
  • 2 small avocados, stone removed, chopped
  • 3tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • For the salad
  • 1 x 300g pack unsmoked back bacon
  • ½tbsp olive oil
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Each serving contains
  • Calories 615 31%
  • Sugar 3g 3%
  • Fat 51g 73%
  • Saturates 12.9g 65%
  • Salt 3.6g 60%
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