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BLT Salad with Croutons

“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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1.330 cups: 429 calories, 37g fat (12g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 743mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • justmbeth
    Nov 21, 2018

    So much bacon! I was worried it was too much but the outcome was pure delicious!

  • Jellybug
    Nov 29, 2017

    Made this for Thanksgiving and it was a hit, love the authentic BLT taste and the buttery croutons were addicting!!

  • toolbarsco
    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
    Feb 11, 2014

    This is so delicious and easy to prepare.Guest were crazy about it.

  • ignusmom
    Dec 20, 2013

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

  • glassgirl44
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Aug 25, 2009

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