Oh Yes, Bacon, Again…
Yesterday was a PA day, so our kids didn’t go to school and the result was lots of pizza eating and pop drinking. The day after pizza is usually a green day, so I decided to make some salad with whatever ingredients I could find around, and guess what I grabbed first, no I think it was more of what I found first? The bacon of course…
If you read my last post, you must be thinking, oh lord, is bacon the only food she eats? Hang in there, don’t jump to conclusions, yet, because I’m proud to report today, that I’m not sneaking in the bacon; this recipe is actually designed to have bacon (by me of course). Anyway so besides bacon, I grabbed tomatoes and green lettuce and voila, my BLT salad was born. It reminded me of the good old days when we used to order BLT sandwiches, not the dot.com BLT, the original BLT.
According to the article in Wikipedia, on BLT, in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread, and BLT is the second most popular sandwich in the US, and is a favourite in the UK. So this is enough statistics to confirm that there are millions of bacon lovers out there, me included.
So if you are one of the millions of lovers of BLT, I’m positive you will love this salad too. So settle back and enjoy, the recipe…sorry I wish I could deliver electronically, by the click of a mouse. I would if I could, but I can’t so I wont.
Please, always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start cooking. The cooking goes much faster!
Fry bacon in a pan (skillet) until brown and crisp.
To make dressing, drain off excess bacon fat from frying and leave two tablespoons in the skillet (if preferred drain off all, and add olive oil instead). Heat the oil over medium heat, add the roasted sunflower seeds and onions, and then whisk in balsamic vinegar and honey, and cook 1-2 minutes, over low heat. Season with salt and pepper.
I always prefer to assemble my salad in individual dishes, incase there are any left overs (children are unpredictable when it comes to food). Place the salad on four individual bowls or one large bowl. Top with some tomatoes.
Sprinkle some bacon.
Top with Feta Cheese or if you prefer another type of cheese, suit yourself. Drizzle the warm dressing over the salad and serve immediately. THIS SALAD IS DELICIOUS, for bacon lovers, of course….
My children loved this salad too…the usual chit chatting stopped until they finished eating.
I hope you enjoy the salad, if you do not like Bacon, (I have a sister who doesn’t eat bacon), then just omit it.
Bacon Lettuce Tomato Salad
- 150g lettuce, shredded or enough salad for 4 servings
- 100g (4 slices) bacon, chopped into bits or slices, if you prefer more, my pleasure
- 4 medium tomatoes, quartered, deseeded and sliced
For the dressing
- 2 tablespoons bacon fat from frying or if preferred extra virgin olive oil
- 20g (2 tablespoons) roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 small red shallot or ⅛ red onion, finely diced (about 3 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey or ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Feta cheese to top
- Place lettuce in a large salad bowl or divide into four individual serving plates. Top with tomatoes.
- Fry bacon in a pan, until brown and crisp. Scoop with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel, to drain, then scatter on top of the salad or individual serving plates.
- Drain off excess bacon fat from frying and leave two tablespoons in the skillet (if preferred drain off all, and add olive oil instead). Heat the oil over medium heat, add the sunflower seeds and onions, and then whisk in the balsamic vinegar and honey, and cook 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle hot dressing over salad. Top with Feta cheese and serve immediately, whilst still warm.
- Salad variation: you can use any other green salad of your choice.
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I also make BLT salads, though mine are slightly different. I hadn’t thought of adding some red onion, but I’m going to be trying it. I generally just use mayonnaise for the dressing (not too much, it can get heavy) since to me, mayo is an integral part of a BLT. Either way, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes are a heavenly combination, with or without the bread..
Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my posts, by the way.
I love trying out new things, the red onion really enhances the taste. I tend to stay away from mayonnaise even though I love it, because it’s very addictive. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again.
I’m no fan of charcuterie but I always make an exception in the case of bacon. Combined with crispy romaine lettuce (which I could eat tons of) feta and tomatoes, yum yum!
I’m glad you love bacon the way I do, now I can justify why I should continue eating it without guilt. How is Athens? I have just learnt that ‘Milo’ means apple and ‘portokali’ means orange, I have to write it down here, lest I forget. Slowly and surely, I’m going to be learning some Greek words from you. Thank you for supporting my blog and for liking my posts always. I appreciate very much!!! Have a wonderful weekend.
Your blog is full of ideas on what to cook everyday and I love the fact that you keep it interesting by posting regularly. Athens is in bloom, springtime is well and truly here. Keep on providing us with lovely ideas for our table!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind compliments, I really appreciate. Ontario is not yet in bloom but trees are budding and the grass is greening up. keep on posting some greek words for me. I need to learn a few words. You never know, one fine day I may just visit Greece or you may just visit Canada, who knows? Have a pleasant weekend!
This looks yummy! We all love bacon too!
Glad to know there are bacon lovers in Singapore. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the week.
The only thing that is wrong with bacon is that no matter how much I fry up, by the time I am plating up I never seem to have enough left 😉
Haha welcome to the Bacon club, I now have more reason to justify why I eat and should continue eating bacon and meat in general. Thanks for stopping by. I’m always so happy to see your Gravatar, it’s unique so it never escapes my eye. Have a wonderful day!
Unlike those available here, the bacon chips from Canada are really really good. My sister who l ives in Calgary always bring packs of them home for us. Your posts always bring smiles… blessed day !
Thanks for stopping by and great to know there something you love from Canada..I’m happy that my posts brings you smiles, you have made my day. Have a pleasant day.
Looks great! Weekend Lunch!
Thanks, I have just read your wonderful story and seen the beautiful pictures you took at St. Vincent. Have a great week!
Baaaaaaaacon. I have nothing else to add 🙂
Welcome to the Bacon Club. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!