BLT Salad with buttermilk dressing-romaine lettuce, crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, fresh baked croutons and a homemade Parmesan buttermilk dressing that brings all the flavors together into a yummy tasting BLT.
This BLT salad will be great for your next potluck and everyone will be sure to love it. I mean..it has bacon, so how can they not?!? And the homemade croutons…they’re delicious!!
I first had this salad last summer and loved it! I am glad to be sharing it on the blog today cause I think this is a salad even non salad lovers will enjoy. Cough-cough, Jason, cough! 🙂
Actually, Jason has grown to like salads and does eat them when I make them. Of course, he loved the bacon and homemade croutons on this salad.
This recipe calls for white bread for the croutons and I think that really makes a difference in the taste for this salad. For me, the white bread made the salad really taste like a BLT I grew up eating as a kid. Except, my BLTs are minus the T. Sorry, tomatoes!
Here’s the recipe…enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups cubed white bread
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
- 12 ounces romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds assorted fresh tomatoes, sliced
- 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Prepare Croutons: Toss together bread, melted butter, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Place on a baking sheet, and bake 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.
- Prepare Dressing: Combine shallot and vinegar in a medium mixing bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in buttermilk and next 5 ingredients.
- Make Salad: Arrange romaine lettuce onto a serving platter or salad bowl.
- Top with sliced tomatoes and chopped bacon, croutons, parsley.
- Serve immediately with dressing on the side.
- You can add the dressing directly to the salad if you don't anticipate having leftovers.
- I cut my bacon into small pieces and fry it rather than frying it in whole strips and then chopping it.