Sep 25, 2013

Elaine’s Big Salad + Coconut Bacon Bits

“It’s a salad, only bigger, with lots of stuff in it.”

One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is the one where Elaine and Jerry are forced to eat at a diner that is not their familiar one because of a faux pas of George. Elaine is trying to order her big salad… unfortunately she doesn’t have a lot of luck.

From the Seinfeld episode “The Soup”…

     Hilde (waitress): (walks up to the table) Hello.
     Jerry: Oh, hi Hilde. Can I get an egg white omelet?
     Hilde: Did you read the menu?
     Jerry: All right, just give me a western. (unhappy)
     Elaine: How about a Big Salad?
     Hilde: A big salad?
     Elaine: (to George) You see?
     George: Just tell her what’cha want, they’ll make it for ya.
     Elaine: It’s a salad, only bigger, with lots of stuff in it.
     Hilde: I can bring you 2 small salads.
     Elaine: Could you put it in a big bowl?
     Hilde: We don’t have any big bowls.
     Elaine: All right. Just give me a cup of decaf.

baby lettuce mix, shredded beets, carrots and yellow squash, jicama, grape tomatoes, cucumber,
red and green bell pepper, clover sprouts, sunflower sprouts and garbanzo beans.
Okay, I admit it. I’m a big Seinfeld fan. I’m from New York after all—what do you expect? I do love that episode though, and the way Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers her line. It’s priceless!

This big salad is filled with nutrients and you can, of course, use whatever veggies you like and whatever salad dressing suits your fancy. I have lots of salad dressing recipes on this blog, especially nut-based, oil-free dressings like here, and here, and here

BUT. The star of the show on top of this salad are those incredible coconut bacon bits! Yowza! They’re amazingly yummy and a real treat just by themselves. On the salad their crunchy goodness adds a lot of flair to an otherwise (possibly) boring bowl of veggies. I personally never find veggies boring but if you need an excuse to eat a salad, here it is!


  • ½ cup flaked, raw coconut
  • 1 TBS tamari
  • 1 TBS pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Add the coconut flakes to a bowl with the other ingredients and stir well.
  3. Spread out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, take them out of the oven and toss them around a bit.
  5. Bake for another 10 minutes. 
  6. Let cool. They get crunchy as they do.
  7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container to maintain crunchiness.


Healthy trails,

4 responses to “Elaine’s Big Salad + Coconut Bacon Bits”

  1. moonwatcher says:

    What a fun post, Helyn! Thanks 🙂

  2. Jen says:

    i made some of these coconut bacon pieces tonight for my salad and they were so good! My husband really liked them too. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Helyn says:

    You're welcome, Jen! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

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