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?
Recipe for BLT Salad
- 100 g bacon about 4 slices
- 100 g Lettuce
- 16 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 avocado cut into strips
- 2 tbsp chopped basil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp 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.