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BLT Salad with Croutons Recipe

BLT Salad with Croutons Recipe

“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. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Reviews for BLT Salad with Croutons

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toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 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."

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Cinatoe User ID: 6162723 108794
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This is so delicious and easy to prepare.

Guest were crazy about it."

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ignusmom User ID: 5178042 108613
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

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

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glassgirl44 User ID: 6051611 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)."

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mominabox User ID: 1530561 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."

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RD2Cook User ID: 1012768 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!"

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crewskl User ID: 1824767 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!"

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HBcook User ID: 2966570 136888
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

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

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valanddansmith User ID: 988113 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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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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