Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Nest's Recipe Swap: Mungo's Salad

Greetings from my couch. I am starting to get familiar with sleeping late and sitting on my couch for endless hours in my pajamas. God I love vacation. 

Anyway, a few weeks ago I decided to participate in a recipe swap that was on the married version of The Knot- The Nest. For the swap I received, Mungo's Salad. For those of you ( like myself) not from the Midwest are you lost? I was. I had no idea what or who Mungo was. After a bit of internet surfing I found out that Mungo's is a restaurant in the Midwest! Success! After reviewing the list of ingredients I received I was excited. Provolone cheese, bacon,good seasons Italian dressing. Sounds great to me! I could not find the Mungo's website to save my life ( I did so many google searches) so I am still not entirely sure on what they serve there ( however I think it is Italian),but from the reviews I read  the salad is a big hit. So I tried it! This recipe was from Jenna who writes the blog . So here is Jenna's recipe!And if you are from the Midwest tell me all about Mungo's please!

Mungo Salad


1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
1 Head Romaine Lettuce
1 lb Bacon
3/4 lb Provel Cheese (Rope cheese)- this is hard to find unless you're in the Midwest- I have used provolone before and it tastes really similar
1 bunch of green onions
Red Wine Vinegar
Olive Oil
Good Seasonings Italian Dressing (you'll need the carafe too if you do not have one)
3 Tbsp Sugar


Fry or bake bacon. Set aside to cool. Cut both heads of lettuce and place into large salad bowl. Chop green onions and add to lettuce. Break the provel cheese into desired size pieces into the lettuce mixture. Crumble bacon and add it in. For the dressing:
Prepare the dressing as indicated using the lines. Use Red Wine Vinegar for the Vinegar and Olive Oil for the oil. Add 3 Tbsp of Sugar to the dressing.
Add the dressing to the salad about 10 minutes before eating time and toss with tongs

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  1. This sounds like a great salad. I'm glad you guys liked it. :)

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swap!

  2. It was a blast! Can't wait to do it again!

  3. Hi Leanne,
    I am from the midwest - southern IL to be exact. You were correct! Mungos is a small italian restaraunt in Fairview Height, IL. It is one of my favorite places to eat italian (...and I live on "The Hill" in Saint Louis, MO which is known for it's great italian food/culture). Mungos food is great! This is a popular recipe in southern IL for birthdays, showers, and we will use any excuse to eat it. :) I'm using it for our family game night this weekend... anyway, glad you love it, and hope you get to come to the midwest and experience Mungos for yourself!
    Thanks - Lindsey

  4. Thanks Lindsay!! When I am in the Midwest next I have to try it!!!


    Great Day St. Louis just had Mungo's on the show and they gave the ACTUAL recipe! It's a bit different than the one flying around among fans.

  6. I live about 2 miles from Mungo's and have grown up eating here. Your recipe for the salad itself is close but you are missing the Parmesan cheese and prosciutto ham.