When it comes to salad, I fall in love easily and often, and when I do, I eat the same salad for days until my affections find another to love. I fell hard for this bacon, lettuce and tomato salad, tossed with a creamy dressing made with fresh basil from my herb garden. You'll want to use fairly robust lettuce, the ripest tomato, and just enough bacon to remind you of the best BLT sandwich you've ever had. Don't skimp on the basil; the dressing should be vibrant and herby. If you absolutely need the bread for your BLT, add some large homemade croutons. This is an in-season salad, so enjoy it now with the end of the summer tomatoes and basil. Then, save the recipe for next summer. You'll fall in love all over again.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato salad with creamy basil dressing
Serves 2; can be multiplied.
For the dressing:
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp plain low-fat or nonfat yogurt
10 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped (to make 2-3 Tbsp)
1 tsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp each: kosher salt and fresh black pepper
For the salad:
3 slices bacon, cooked, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 large ripe tomato, diced
3-4 cups lettuce (use your favorite: mixed baby greens, romaine, etc.), chopped into bite-size pieces
In a small blender, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing, and process until the dressing turns a light green and everything is well mixed.
Add the bacon, lettuce and tomato to a large bowl. Pour on just as much of the dressing as you need, and not more (you might have a bit left over), to moisten the salad without drowning it.
Serve immediately. To make ahead, refrigerate the dressing and salad ingredients separately, and combine when you're ready to serve.
Other bacon-happy salads:
Spinach salad with honey mustard vinaigrette, from The Perfect Pantry
Warm red cabbage salad with bacon and goat cheese, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Broccoli salad with bacon and raisins, from Pinch My Salt
Baby chard salad with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and hot bacon vinaigrette, from Andrea Meyers
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