BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Using buttermilk is a good way to thicken dressings without having to use much oil.

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  • Servings: 4
BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2005

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon (8 ounces total)
  • 1/2 baguette (8 ounces), sliced into 3/4-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound romaine-lettuce, hearts chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Bake until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.Cool, then crumble into large pieces.

  2. Make croutons: Toss bread with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, tossing halfway through, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, and scallion; season with salt and pepper. Add lettuce, tomatoes, and croutons; toss to coat with dressing. Sprinkle with bacon.

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