Tangy, crunchy salad with all the things you love about the wonderful B.L.T. sandwich! You will make this again and again!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 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 until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.

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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.

  • In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.

Nutrition Facts

440 calories; 34.1 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 1344 mg sodium. 23.4 g carbohydrates; 12.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
Very yummy! I did use a full pound of extra thick bacon and added a tablespoon or so of milk to the very thick dressing (light mayo worked great). One note about the croutons - the amounts listed for salt and pepper were very heavy even though I doubled the bread - start at about 1/3 of the amount listed and go from there. FYI these are 4 VERY LARGE servings!! For typical side salad servings it would be closer to 8-10. Such a great salad & it does taste just like a BLT. It even kept well in the fridge overnight to my delight! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2006
The dressing is very good but you can only eat one forkful otherwise you will die from the mayo and bacon grease used for the dressing. Its a once a year recipe. Read More
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362 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 252
  • 4 star values: 73
  • 3 star values: 26
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
Very yummy! I did use a full pound of extra thick bacon and added a tablespoon or so of milk to the very thick dressing (light mayo worked great). One note about the croutons - the amounts listed for salt and pepper were very heavy even though I doubled the bread - start at about 1/3 of the amount listed and go from there. FYI these are 4 VERY LARGE servings!! For typical side salad servings it would be closer to 8-10. Such a great salad & it does taste just like a BLT. It even kept well in the fridge overnight to my delight! Read More
(80)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
Very yummy! I did use a full pound of extra thick bacon and added a tablespoon or so of milk to the very thick dressing (light mayo worked great). One note about the croutons - the amounts listed for salt and pepper were very heavy even though I doubled the bread - start at about 1/3 of the amount listed and go from there. FYI these are 4 VERY LARGE servings!! For typical side salad servings it would be closer to 8-10. Such a great salad & it does taste just like a BLT. It even kept well in the fridge overnight to my delight! Read More
(80)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2007
I have always used this recipe for the dressing itself and don't find it necessary to change a thing. The bacon drippings provide a nice rich flavor. Use a light hand when dressing your greens and because this is a heavier dressing it works perfectly with the Romaine lettuce called for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Yummy! I didn't have any fresh basil on hand but still turned out well and my advice to future cooks is to let the bread cool before tossing in salad or else it all turns mushy and not so appealing. Overall very good and will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2010
OMG! What an incredible salad! The dressing was awesome and just about anything that contains bacon my husband is all over it. This was no exception. The only thing I added to take it over the top was some sliced avacado and swiss cheese - YUM! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2007
Don't know about the reviewer who didn't like the Avocado - unless I read it wrong Avocado isn't called for in this recipe. Anyway I taste tested the dressing before and after adding the basil. Even though I'm a huge basil fan I think I liked the dressing better without it. Since basil is not a traditional BLT ingredient I'll omit it next time. Also we usually don't have croutons on our salad so I decided to add the salt and pepper to the prepared dressing. The whole tsp of pepper was great but the tsp of salt was too much in combination with the bacon which is already fairly salty - I added more mayo and some milk to compensate. Next time I'll add the salt to taste. Please note my rating of 4 stars was not because of the revisions I made to this recipe but because I thought the dressing prepared as directed tasted better without the basil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2003
Great! But use fat-free plain yoghurt instead of mayo for a healthier salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
This was a wonderful salad to serve on a hot summer day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2003
Was the hit of a picnic. I am in England and the English love BLTs and they thought the salad was a very clever picnic idea! I just packed the croutons and dressing separately then mixed them all together once the picnic started. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2011
This is a wonderful salad with something for everyone! I took it to a pot-luck last night and it was a huge hit. I used red and yellow tomato wedges pepper bacon (oh yaaa) and added cubed avocado. I prepared the dressing in the blender using a whole package of basil it was cool creamy and delicious. Fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2006
The dressing is very good but you can only eat one forkful otherwise you will die from the mayo and bacon grease used for the dressing. Its a once a year recipe. Read More
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