This healthy BLT salad recipe with the traditional ingredients of bacon, lettuce and tomato is so much better than a sandwich. And if you miss the bread, just serve a fresh bread roll alongside!
I started off this week feeling like I needed to go on a diet. However, I don't really do diets. Sometimes I think about them but I don't think I have ever seriously considered following one.
What I normally do when I feel like this is just add lots of extra veggies to my diet. One way to do it is to fill a bowl so full of salad that there is physically no room left for the unhealthy stuff.
Well, except bacon. Unless you don't eat meat, there is almost always room for a little bacon. And this salad would not be a BLT salad without the bacon!
The best bacon for this salad!
Yes, you need bacon for this and it certainly doesn't have to be unhealthy. Just a little good quality bacon can add so much flavour to a recipe.
For this BLT salad I used Spoilt Pig Bacon, which is the first raised without antibiotics bacon in the UK market. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance to antibiotics which is then a threat to both people and livestock.
This doesn't mean the pigs are denied antibiotics if they need them, but those pigs are treated individually rather than the whole herd.
Not only is the bacon responsibly farmed, it also tastes delicious and is not at all watery as some supermarket bacon can be. For a BLT salad with crispy bacon bits, this bacon definitely did the job!
What ingredients are in this BLT salad?
As well as the classic blt sandwich ingredients of bacon, lettuce and tomato, I also added avocado to the salad. I think avocado goes brilliantly with bacon, tomato and basil. It also adds some creaminess to contrast with the texture of the crispy bacon.
I've actually made this salad twice more since taking these pictures and I can say that a little torn mozzarella adds another lovely dimension.
Along with the avocado it makes the salad more filling so you really can just eat a big plateful and feel full afterwards.
If you really want bread on the side then garlic bread goes very well! Why not try my garlic and herb butter quick bread with it?
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- 100 g bacon about 4 slices
- 100 g Lettuce
- 16 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 avocado cut into strips
- 2 tablespoon chopped basil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Fry the bacon in a dry frying pan until it is crisp. Let it rest on some kitchen roll to soak up any fat after it has cooked.
- Roughly chop the lettuce and divide between two bowls or plates. Top with the tomatoes, avocado, basil, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss together.
- Crumble the bacon over the top.
- Serve immediately.
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Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples of the spoiltpig bacon but the recipe and all opinions are my own.
Kate - gluten free alchemist
With the hot weather we have been having, this is way better than a sandwich for sure! lovely looking salad xx
Thanks Kate! We've just got back from a holiday and need some healthy meals this week so I'll probably be making it yet again! x
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
This sounds amazing Corina, right up my street!! I love the idea of adding just a touch of bacon to pep up a super healthy salad and that Spoilt Pig bacon sounds AMAZING!!! Must check it out. Thanks for libnking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x
You're welcome Eb! The bacon was lovely and I'm going to be eating this salad again and again this summer x
BLTs are my favorite sandwich, I love how you put it into salad form!
Thanks Emily! It works so well as a salad and you can still have some bread on the side!
I love avocado! This BLT salad looks so tasty and so easy to make!
Thanks Rika! It is a lovely summer salad.
These days I can't do a BLT without the avocado, once you add it there is no going back, so to me this salad is perfect!! I just need someone to deliver the bacon so I don't have to go out in the heat... 🙂
Thanks Renee! I think the avocado really makes the salad along with the bacon. I've also made it a few more times and now love to add some mozzarella too when I have it. I wish it was too hot to go out here - we're having quite a wet summer!
What a lovely salad I'll have some please:)
Angela @ Allergy Free Angela
This salad looks and sounds delicious! Bacon makes everything better! 😉 I love that you made your own simple vinaigrette with the olive oil and lemon juice.
I love making my own vinaigrettes. I added a little mustard one of the times when I made this and that is really yummy too! You can also just use white wine vinegar instead of the lemon juice.
I love this recipe, good avocados are hard to find here but I have to try! 🙂
I hope you enjoy it! It's such a shame avocados can be hard to find or at least the good ones. We also sometimes have that problem!
You are right that this is better than a sandwich! Salads are so satisfying!
I'm so pleased you think the same way as me Ginny!
Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
Looks like a super tasty salad 🙂 Especially right now with all the fresh tomatoes in season! I'll sub veggie bacon for the real thing. It's a great way to cut the carbs and still indulge!
I'm sure this salad would be just as delicious with veggie bacon. And yes, it's a great way to eat fresh tomatoes - I think they're always so good in a salad.
Absolutely love the combination of avocado and bacon. It all looks so good!
It's one of my favourite combinations too! I'm so pleased you like it.
Avocado is definitely my favorite thing to add to sandwiches these days! This looks like a great alternative.
I have to say I love avocado in a sandwich too!
Calleigh - TheForkBite
This salad looks so refreshing and I love the color combo.. nice.
I love the addition of avocado to the salad! That's always something I add to my BLT sandwiches!
It works so well with bacon, doesn't it?