BLT Salad with Croutons Recipe
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BLT Salad with Croutons Recipe

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“In my family of six, it’s hard to find a vegetable or salad that everyone will eat, but they all raved about this one,” enthuses Susie Clayton of South St. Paul, Minnesota. “With garden-fresh basil, this salad is easy, but mouthwatering.”—Susie Clayton, South St. Paul, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Set bacon and drippings aside.
  2. In another large skillet, melt butter. Add bread cubes; cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove to paper towels; cool.
  3. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, basil, vinegar, pepper, garlic and reserved drippings. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, tomatoes and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Top with croutons. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as BLT Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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toolbarsco 207732
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2014

"Everyone loved this salad! I did not add the basil as I wanted a simple BLT flavor but I will probably try it with basil next time. This will be a go-to recipe."

Cinatoe 108794
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This is so delicious and easy to prepare.

Guest were crazy about it."

ignusmom 108613
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"Wonderful salad! Great for when you want something other than the bagged stuff!"

glassgirl44 157295
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"This was delicious. I made the croutons in the leftover bacon grease instead of butter and used apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar (it's what I had on hand)."

mominabox 207731
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2011

"Have been making this salad for 3 years.. everyone in the family loves it even my picky eater. The homemade croutons are to die for."

RD2Cook 153812
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"Mixed review on this one; the homemade croutons are spectactular; I added garlic powder to the butter before dropping in the bread pieces, that definitely did not hurt--YUM! The salad dressing was ok, I have other better dressing recipes so I wouldn't make again. But I will definitely use this method for the homemade croutons!"

crewskl 136930
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"Simply delicious!!! This salad takes a little more time to make but is totally worth the effort. Makes enough to fill a family of 4!"

HBcook 136888
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Great salad. I had to thin the dressing a little with milk otherwise followed the recipe."

valanddansmith 81026
Reviewed May. 18, 2009

"Wow!!! This is simply amazing!! The dressing is so good and really makes the salad - I did add about 1/4 teaspoon of sugar to cut the tanginess a little bit. I also doubled the croutons and the dressing, and dressed each salad individually.  Yummy!!"

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