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.
That is exactly what I've done with the bacon, lettuce and tomato salad, aka BLT salad. There's a lot of good healthy stuff in this salad. Well, you many question the bacon but 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!
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 also love to add mozzarella to this salad. When I first made it, it didn't have mozzarella in but after making it quite a lot I've decided it definitely deserves a place! A little torn mozzarella adds a lovely texture and flavour dimension.
Along with the avocado it makes the salad more filling so you really can just eat a big plateful and feel full afterwards.
How to make this BLT salad
I haven't included step by step images for this recipe as it's so simple you don't need them. All you need to do is cook the bacon. Use your prefered method -fry, grill, microwave or air fry.
Then just assemble the salad. Toss everything together and serve! It couldn't be an easier salad to make.
Can you adapt this salad?
Yes of course. But, if you remove the bacon, lettuce or tomato it won't be a BLT salad any more!
Feel free to add any other veggies you want to use up. I like to add some sliced onions and a spoonful of sweetcorn sometimes. You could add some boiled or steamed baby potatoes to make it into a potato BLT salad. That's just one way to make it a bit more filling.
What to serve with this salad
As I said, if you want a light healthy meal you can just eat this salad. But if you want to make it a bit more filling then garlic bread goes very well! Why not try my garlic and herb butter quick bread with it? Or how about this focaccia?
What can you do with the leftovers?
I tend to assemble the amount of this salad that we're going to eat when serving. The bacon keeps well in the fridge and so does the chopped lettuce and tomatoes but, if you add dressing, the lettuce goes a bit soggy so it's best to only dress when serving.
Avocado can discolour and is not so appetising if it is sliced and then kept overnight in the fridge.
A note about Spoilt Pig Bacon
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!
- 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
- 150 g mozzarella ball
- 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, torn up mozzarella ball, basil, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss together.
- Crumble the bacon over the top. Or keep it whole, it's up to you!
- 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.