Okay, I’ll probably get slammed for saying this, but I’m not the biggest fan of bacon. Do I need it in my morning hash or burger? Not really. But there is one sandwich where bacon is crucial: the BLT. I rarely order this sandwich but when I do, I can honestly say that I enjoy every bite. The combination of salty bacon with sweet tomatoes, creamy mayo, and crisp lettuce just sends me over the edge. Since I like the sandwich even though I’m not a huge bacon fan, I figured I would enjoy a BLT salad. And you know what? I was right. Crispy bacon tossed with cherry tomatoes, butter lettuce, avocado, shaved pecorino, and a bright dill mustard vinaigrette was everything I needed.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
This BLT salad is very easy to put together and many of the components can be made beforehand. Cook the bacon, make the salad dressing, bake the croutons, and you’re pretty much done with the preparations.With summer quickly approaching, it only seemed appropriate that cherry tomatoes be added to the salad. Heirloom cherry tomatoes add the pop of color but any tomato will work.Whenever I make croutons, I use my hands to tear the pieces for a more rustic look. Toss the bread with olive oil, garlic salt, and dried parsley and bake until toasted, crunchy and golden brown. Keep the oven on and bake the bacon next. You can also cook the bacon on the stove top but whenever I bake it, it comes out perfectly crispy every time. The trick to making crispy bacon is to lay the strips on a wire rack. That way the fat will drip to the bottom of the pan while the bacon cooks. To make clean up easier, line the baking sheet with aluminum foil.This dill mustard vinaigrette is one of those vinaigrettes that I wished I made sooner. I’m a sucker for a mustard vinaigrette but add white wine vinegar and fresh dill and it’s game over. It’s a very simple vinaigrette but the flavors play together so well with each other and with the salad.Toss the BLT salad with shaved parmesan, thinly sliced radish, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and the dill mustard vinaigrette. I’m not sure if it’s the salad dressing, the bacon, or just everything put together but I thoroughly enjoyed this lunch. It may not exactly be the healthiest option because of the bacon, but you’re still getting vegetables so that makes it okay, right?
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