BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing - Just the TipI’ve had bad cravings for a BLT sandwich lately. You know the kind. Toasted, crusty white semolina bread, big slather of mayonnaise, crispy bacon, juicy fresh tomatoes, and crisp romaine lettuce. Gah, I die. Well, this is my summertime (aka lighter) version of the classic BLT. This salad makes a super easy and fast first course and it manages to accomplish the oh-so-rare combination of satisfying, yet still light. And it has bacon.

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing
Just the Tip
Serves 2

What I used:

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (low-fat is fine)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp freshly sliced chives (feel free to add additional herbs like parsley, dill, etc.)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce
  • 15 (or so) cherry tomatoes, halved

What I did:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange bacon in a single layer on baking rack that is placed on top of a baking sheet lined. Bake the bacon until browned and crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Cool, then crumble or chop into large pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, and chives (and any other herbs of your choosing) in a medium bowl. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange lettuce and tomatoes on a plate. Spoon on dressing and sprinkle with bacon.

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing - Just the Tip

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Chive Dressing - Just the Tip

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