BLT Salad {With Homemade Ranch Dressing}

Inspired by everyone’s favorite sandwich, the BLT Salad is a fresh take on a classic flavor combination. It would make a delicious lunch or side dish!

BLT Salad

BLT sandwiches are a hit in our house, my boys love them! The classic combo of bacon, lettuce, and tomato is a winner every time. I decided to turn everyone’s favorite sandwich into a loaded salad!

This BLT Salad has a homemade ranch dressing, avocado, crispy bacon, homemade croutons, lettuce and tomato. I add avocado because it makes everything better:) So many good flavors and a great salad for summertime!

If you know someone that isn’t a big fan of salads, make them this one! I guarantee they will get on board! I mean, bacon in a salad? Always a crowd pleaser!

Bacon in skillet

Cooking the Bacon

Bring on the bacon! You can cook the bacon on the stove top or in the oven. Cook the bacon until it’s crispy, then cut it into pieces for the salad.

Cooking it on the stove top is quick and easy. I like to use a cast iron skillet so the bacon gets nice and crispy.

To cook the bacon in the oven, put the strips in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes in an oven heated to 400 degrees. No flipping required! Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and let it cool until you’re ready to use it.

Ranch Dressing for BLT Salad

Ranch Dressing

I love making my own dressing! This one is really simple and flavorful. In a small bowl, whisk together:

  • Plain Greek yogurt (can use sour cream)
  • Milk or buttermilk
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh chives
  • Dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Boom! Your dressing is done. You can make it in advance, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. It’s always nice to have on hand.

Homemade Croutons

I highly recommend making Homemade Croutons for this salad. They are SO good and add something special to your salad. You will love the crunch and flavor. Plus, the croutons bring the bread element from the BLT sandwich to the salad, tying the two together.

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Assembling the Salad

You’ll want to serve this salad immediately after assembling it, but to make your job easier you can prep a lot of the salad in advance.

  • Make the dressing and store it in the fridge. It will keep for up to one week.
  • Cook the bacon and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. You can reheat it before adding it to the salad.
  • Make your croutons and keep them in a sealed container on the counter.
  • You can even wash the lettuce ahead of time.
  • Wait to cut the avocado until ready to serve, you don’t want it to turn brown.
  • Also, wait to dress the salad until you are ready to eat!
BLT Salad on platter

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For the dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (can use sour cream)
  • 2 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups homemade croutons
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced

Nutrition Facts

BLT Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 364 Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*

Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 7g35%

Cholesterol 31mg10%

Sodium 417mg17%

Potassium 598mg17%

Carbohydrates 22g7%

Fiber 5g20%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 1342IU27%

Vitamin C 17mg21%

Calcium 61mg6%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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