I have always loved salads, especially in the summer, but have often had difficulty coming up with new and delicious ideas. This is one of my favorite "meal" salads that I have made so far. It was light, but also filling enough to be a meal. I think that the salad is very versatile, while I was eating it I thought next time I could add eggs or chicken or a number of other things. This dressing is really easy and actually very low cal/ low fat because I used fat free mayo. Also this was my first time ever making home made croutons, which are SO easy and really really good. I never really bought croutons before but now I really won't ever buy them, because of how easy they are to make. The recipe calls for a baguette, but I actually used some leftover hamburger buns we had in the freezer and they turned out great. I think you could use any bread you have laying around. The only other thing I changed was that I used turkey bacon. I know what you're thinking, that stuff is disgusting and tastes nothing like real "meat candy". BUT I happened to find an awesome brand that tastes really good, even Logan thinks so and thats saying something. It saves you a lot of fat and calories and you really aren't sacrificing much in taste...the brand is Eating Right, if you can find it, give it a try! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
8 slices bacon
1/2 baguette, sliced into cubes
2 T olive oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 T mayonnaise
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 lb romaine hearts, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
Preheat oven to 375. Bake bacon on a baking sheet until browned and crisp, about 15 min. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, cool and then crumble.
Meanwhile toss the baguette cubes with oil and season with S&P. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown about 15-20 min.
Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, and scallions; season with S&P. Add romaine and tomatoes and croutons; toss to coat with dressing. Sprinkle with the bacon and serve.
Logan Rating: ***