BLT Salad

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Hi Everyone, today's recipe is another delicious and very figure friendly Salad. It's perfect as a main dish or as a side dish.

Serves 3 main dishes or 5-6 side dishes
  • 1 12 oz package of Classic Garden Salad mix (or 3½ cups of chopped lettuce)
  • 6 slices of Bacon
  • 1½ cups small tomatoes (Cherry, Grape, Campari, etc.)
  • 3 slices of Bread
  • ½ small red onion cut into thin slices
  • 1 avocado for garnish
  • cooking spray and a pinch of garlic powder (optional)

Ingredients for Salad Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC)

Place the bacon on a baking sheet and bake at 400ºF for about 10 minutes or until browned and crisp. Let it cool and cut into bite-size pieces

Cut the bread slices into bite size-pieces, place them on a baking sheet and spray them with cooking spray, sprinkle them with a pinch of garlic powder, bake in a 400ºF oven for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Set a side until ready to use.

To make the dressing:
Combine 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice,  season with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste, (I added 1/2 teaspoon of each.) Mix together, until all the ingredients are well combined and set aside for a minute.

Rinse the lettuce under cold water, drain it and pat it dry with paper towels.
Wash the tomatoes, and cut them in half, or if you are using large tomatoes, cut them into bite-size pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce with the red onions, season with 3 tablespoons of the salad dressing, give it a quick stir,and add in the tomatoes, bread pieces and the bacon pieces, add 2 more tablespoons of the dressing, and toss again.

Note: You will have about 4-5 tablespoons of salad dressing left, reserve it, in case you want to add more dressing to your salad before eating it.)

Serve your salad, and garnish with avocado slices and season with more dressing if needed.