Thursday, May 31, 2012

BLT Salad

I came up with this salad a while back.  We've been working in our yard like crazy.  We had such a mild winter, so spring came early.  Did I mention I hate yard work?  We are re-doing all of our flower beds.  We had everything ripped out and we are starting from scratch.  I offered to let my contribution be:  Pin Ideas for Flower Beds on Pinterest, but Mr. Devilish would having nothing of it.  Sooo, I've been out there trying to help as much as I can.  (Which isn't much with my bad knee and foot, but I'm there for moral support and I "try" to look busy and helpful.)  After working in the yard all afternoon, the last thing I want to cook OR eat is a hot, heavy meal.  BLT salad to the rescue!  It's filling and simple and easy enough to do most of it ahead.  Which fortunately (or unfortunately in my case) allows plenty of time to work in the yard.
My new favorite main course salad!
Don't fret my lovelies, most of these ingredients
make up the salad dressing, which all gets thrown
in a blender!
Season lettuce with salt and pepper.  Add bacon.
Add croutons and tomatoes.
Toss with dressing.
Serve immediately.
Cool and refreshing, but filling.

BLT Salad

1 pound bacon
1 head Romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried and torn into small pieces
2 large tomatoes, cut into chunks, or 1 package Cherry or Grape tomatoes
croutons to taste
salt and pepper

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons dried dill
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried chives

Cook bacon.  Drain, cool and crumble.  (This can be done in advance.)  In a blender or food processor, combine dressing ingredients and mix well.  (This can be done in advance also.)  Season lettuce with salt and pepper.  Toss together bacon, tomatoes and croutons.  Add the amount of dressing you would like.  Toss well to combine, serve immediately.

Prep Time:   Approximately 25 minutes   Cook Time:  Cooking bacon only

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