BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

BLT Salad with parmesan buttermilk dressing

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 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! 🙂 

BLT Salad with homemade croutons

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!

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing


  • 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.
Adapted from Southern Living
BLT Salad



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