Yardhouse Chopped Bacon Salad With Bloody Mary Dressing


Fine. I’ll admit to being a food blogging copycat. Maybe my claim to fame in the blogging world is because of recipes I’ve copied, albeit, with my own modifications. What fun is it if you experience a culinary masterpiece, however, and are beholden to the establishment to enjoy it every time you want to eat it? Forgive me in advance to those that make your living in the restuarant industry. No the fun, people, is doing your detective work, even going so far as to ask for the ingredients (they never give you the recipe) and recreating it in your kitchen. Ok, that’s my idea of fun, but that’s another story for another day.

This is exactly what I did when I recently dined at a Yardhouse and ordered their chopped salad. For some reason, I’ve never tried it before now, perhaps because I’ve always been distracted by the onion ring tower and tomato bisque soup. This time, I knew I would have to recreate this tasty chopped salad, if nothing else because of the bacon and Bloody Mary Mix in the dressing. I did ask our server for the ingredients, even though I has already taken pictures and started an ingredient list before she brought the check. So Irma at the Palm Desert Yardhouse, this is for you. Again, I preface the recipe with small print: this is my own version and not an exact recipe of the salad that’s served by Yardhouse. I also left out celery, not purposefully, but there was finely chopped celery in their salad.

For the salad:

1 cup chopped crispy sweet bacon (see note below)

1 red onion, finely chopped (1 tablespoon reserved)

1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped

4 ears fresh corn, boiled and cut off the cob

2 tomatoes, diced

2 avocados, chopped

1/2 cup fresh Cilantro, finely chopped (2 tablespoons reserved)

Note*  To make sweet bacon, I bake center cut bacon drizzled with honey in a 400 degree oven until crispy.

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and toss with 2 cups Bloody Mary Mix Dressing.



Bloody Mary Mix Dressing:

1 Cup Thousand Island Dressing

5.5 oz. Bloody Mary Mix (does not contain alcohol)

2 tablespoons cilantro

1 tablespoon red onion

Whisk the above together. There is more dressing here than what is needed for the salad in my opinion, so I used the remainder on BLT sandwiches I served along side the salad.




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7 Comments on “Yardhouse Chopped Bacon Salad With Bloody Mary Dressing”

  1. Nicole
    May 8, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    I am so glad you put this recipe up. I think it matched pretty good. I used less thousand island and more bloody mary mix. It still needed some spice so I put a touch of Tabasco. Pretty yummy! Thanks.

    • May 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      Thank you so much! Glad it matched pretty close to what you remembered and I’m gonna try less Thousand Island and more Bloody Mary mix! 😊

  2. Kristi Barnett
    August 19, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Omg! I LOVE, LOVE this salad & can’t thank you enough for recreating the recipe!!! And the bacon…TO. DIE. FOR!!! I have to say though, it wouldn’t be the same without the celery. I added two ribs but next time I will double that. The celery flavor is prominent in the restaurant version.

    Seriously! I crave this salad often. Thank you for allowing me to make it at home!!

    • August 19, 2014 at 12:57 am #

      I’m glad you found it and hope it comes pretty close to the version you love! Enjoy 😊

  3. Peggy Reed
    January 27, 2015 at 1:15 am #

    Do you know how many the above chopped salad serves?

    • January 27, 2015 at 1:54 am #

      Hi Peggy- the answer depends on whether you’re serving as a side dish or a meal, but 6 would be a conservative figure. Enjoy 😊

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