This recipe is reminiscent of the classic BLT or bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. It's a great summertime salad!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat, turning frequently, until evenly browned. Drain, crumble and set aside.

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  • In a blender or food processor, combine mayonnaise, milk, garlic powder and black pepper. Blend until smooth. Season the dressing with salt.

  • Combine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and croutons in a large salad bowl. Toss with dressing, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; protein 12.5g 25% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; fat 35.1g 54% DV; cholesterol 39.5mg 13% DV; sodium 906.7mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2011
Such humble ingredients for such big flavor! Pared down the fat content in the dressing using low fat mayo and 2% milk and added onion powder for an extra boost! Left out the salt as the bacon provided enough without adding extra.... This is a great salad to use up cherry tomatoes that seem to flourish profusely in the summer garden. Only addition was an avocado which was the perfect finishing touch! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2003
The taste was good. I took this salad to a picnic and I was disappointed that it wilted so quickly. I wait until just before serving to add the dressing and it was still mush 10 minutes later. I will not be making again. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2011
Such humble ingredients for such big flavor! Pared down the fat content in the dressing using low fat mayo and 2% milk and added onion powder for an extra boost! Left out the salt as the bacon provided enough without adding extra.... This is a great salad to use up cherry tomatoes that seem to flourish profusely in the summer garden. Only addition was an avocado which was the perfect finishing touch! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2010
I didn't use a whole pound of bacon just half of the package that was left after I made meatloaf. I used a mixture of fat free sour cream and lowfat mayonnaise and a spring green mix. We all enjoyed this a lot especially my oldest who has a real thing for bacon. He takes after his mother.;) Next time I think I'd just use a homemade ranch dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2007
Yummy, yummy, yummy! What can I say, but YUMMY! I did make a few changes to this recipe, but nothing really out there. With my husband on a diabetic diet, I immediately knew the regular mayo had to go. I replaced it with Hellmans Just 2 Good, used skim milk, and added a tablespoon of lemon juice to the dressing. I used a mix of Romaine, Spinach and Red Leaf lettuce, Halved cherry tomatoes and in place of the bacon (that pesky diabetic diet again) I used one bag of the Hormel Real Bacon Pieces. I also tossed in 1/4 cup of finely shredded sharp cheddar. It's also great with shredded or sliced chicken breast added, it makes it taste like a chicken club salad.Even my extremely picky 6 year old loved it. Wonderful!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2007
I made this recipe for a holiday get together and it was a hit! I did modify the recipe a little based on others reviews. First I baked the bacon on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. It took 2 batches to cook 1lb of bacon. Baking the bacon seemed to work well for this recipe b/c I was able to do some of the prep work while the bacon was cooking without having to constantly check and turn the bacon. Second I used 1 cup Hellmans lite mayo and 2 tbsp daisy sour cream. I added garlic and onion powders then added just enough 1% milk to get a good dressing-like consistency. Without the milk I thought the dressing would be too thick. I chopped 4 roma tomatoes and placed them on a plate with paper towels to soak up the juices. I chopped and peeled 1/2 cucumber. I used 1 and 1/2 heads of romaine lettuce and gave a generous sprinkle of finely shredded cheddar cheese. I mixed the lettuce cucumbers and cheese in the serving bowl. I placed my crumbled bacon in a ziplock and my chopped tomato in another zip lock. I placed a lid over my dressing and took a bag of Texas Toast garlic croutons with me. Once at the party I threw the bacon and tomato in the bowl tossed with most of the dressing and sprinkled croutons on top and viola! As a side note when I tasted the dressing before I put in all together it didn't taste all that spectacular but mixed with all the ingredients it was delicious. Also I think only real bacon (not precooked/bacon bits) wi Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2003
I didn't expect this recipe to be a big hit since the ingredients are so basic but it was. Everyone liked it and asked me to bring it again at the next gathering. I've been asked to email the recipe to people. You must use Romaine or Spring mix or Mediterranean mix. Iceberg does not work at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2006
This is an awesome tasting recipe but the fat content is terrible. Use Hellman's low fat mayo (1/2 cup instead of 3/4) and mix in some low fat sour cream and a bit more milk (adjust to desired thickness) as well for a fresher healthier taste. Use less bacon and substitute chicken breast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2006
I made this for a baby shower---it was good. Added grape tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, extra bacon, and adjusted the dressing as others suggested--garlic powder with parsley, sour cream, Miracle Whip, milk, Whipping cream, and shredded cheddar cheese. used store-bought croutons. Baby spinach and cut-up Romaine lettuce added a nice texture. Great for summer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2006
I cooked 3/4 pound of bacon in the microwave then crumbled it using the blender. Then I poured out the bacon bits and mixed them thoroughly with the chopped tomatoes so the bacon and tomatoes could flavor each other. There were lots of bacon bits still clinging to the side of the blender which I then used to make the dressing. For the dressing I used 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 2 heaping regular (non measuring) teaspoons of sour cream but no milk (I did not need any additional salt). I also used slightly less garlic powder than the recipe called for even though I LOVE garlic. I used some bagged romaine lettuce this time but next time I will use green leaf. This was really really good! The mayo/sour cream/bacon bits dressing was delicious. I kept the lettuce tomato and bacon mixed together but added the dressing and croutons at serving time. EXCELLENT!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2003
This is very similar to a recipe my sister gave me. She owned a restaurant about 18 years ago. We never measure anything except the sauce. Just use own judgement. We used about a head of iceburg lettuce fried up some bacon and crumbled added some cooked chopped up chicken(can be light or dark meat) diced tomatoes. The dressing was 1-2 cups mayo mixed with 1/3-1/4 cup bbq sauce. Add 1 tsp. lemon juice.(use own judgement on how much dressing to use). Minced onion is optional(I don't use it). Add the dressing just before eating. This a little variation from this recipe and it is so good! Thanks D.L.! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/25/2003
The taste was good. I took this salad to a picnic and I was disappointed that it wilted so quickly. I wait until just before serving to add the dressing and it was still mush 10 minutes later. I will not be making again. Read More
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