Inspired by BLT lovers everywhere, the BLT Salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy the delightful flavors of warm bacon, ripe tomatoes, and tangy dressing in this delicious recipe. There are even fresh croutons for the full homemade taste! The irresistible BLT Salad is perfect for your next picnic, family gathering, or summertime lunch.
Ingredients• 1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces • 1/4 cup butter, cubed • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 4 tablespoons basil, minced • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced • 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
Using a slotted spoon, place the bacon on paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
Set bacon and the reserved drippings aside.
In another large skillet, melt the butter.
Add the bread cubes to the butter and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Using tongs, place the toasted bread cubes onto paper towels and allow them to cool.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, basil, red wine vinegar, pepper, garlic, and reserved bacon drippings until a smooth salad dressing forms.
In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, and bacon.
Drizzle the contents of the salad bowl with dressing and toss to coat well.
Top with the toasted bread cubes.
Serve at room temperature.