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BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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

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  • Servings: 4

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.

Cook's Notes

Cool croutons completely before transferring to an airtight container. Keep for up to 3 weeks at room temperature.

Reviews Add a comment

  • gst1962
    25 MAR, 2012
    Have been making this salad ever since it appeared in MSL magazine! Great salad that always goes over well every time I bring it to parties--there's usually none leftover. The other BLT salad recipe listed here (along with the avocado dressing) is also a good one to try.
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  • Tee927
    6 JUL, 2010
    So simple but so damn tasty. This got rave reviews recently when I made it at home for the family.
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  • gracieb83
    17 MAY, 2008
    According to my calculations (from Nutrition Data), it's 280 cal per serving, 14 grams of fat, 30 carbs (4 sugar, 5 fiber), 9 grams of protein
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  • hlfritz
    25 APR, 2008
    This is very good and extremely easy.
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  • KALSLC
    8 APR, 2008
    These recipes sent to me via this Web Site sound so good. Some I have tried. Please list the caloric breakdown so that wise decisions can be made by those of us who are trying to eat wisely as well as those of us who may have a family member with a health issue. Please the sugars in addition to the carbohydrates. Also, is there a Web Site where there is a caloric scale wherein you can enter a recipe and find outthe caloric breakdown? I would love to know this. Thank you.
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