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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BLT Bread Salad

There isn't much I have to say about this salad. If you love BLTs, you'll be a fan of this slightly lighter version of the sandwich. I almost think it's more fun to eat than the sandwich version...does anyone else tend to scrape the roof of their mouth anytime they use toasted bread on a sandwich? Use whatever bread you have on hand for the croutons. I used small whole wheat rolls instead of a French baguette. The feta was a tasty addition to the salad and in re-reading the recipe now, I realized I completely forgot to add the green onions. Whoops! I also misread the dressing instructions and didn't save bacon drippings to include in the dressing. Even without, the dressing served its purpose of lightly coating the salad. The job of the dressing here isn't to steal the show anyway...it's all about the B, the L, and the T anyways!

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BLT Bread Salad
from Cooking Light, June 2010
*serves 4

-6 oz. French bread baguette, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I used 5 small rolls, cut into cubes)
-Cooking Spray
-4 slices smoked bacon
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
-1/8 tsp salt
-6 cups torn romaine lettuce
-1 1/2 lbs plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch wedges
-3 green onions, thinly sliced
-1/2 cup (2 oz.) feta cheese, crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place bread cubes on it. Spray with cooking spray and bake for 15-18 minutes, until toasted.
2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and set aside. Reserve 1 tbsp bacon drippings and add oil to the pan. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, pepper, and salt.
3. Crumble bacon and toss with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss with bread cubes. Top with cheese and serve immediately.

This content was originally posted on Honest Cooking in my featured column "Cooking the Magazines".