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BLT Salad

Updated on October 25, 2012
4 stars from 1 rating of BLT Salad

This is how I get the kids to eat spinach! Who doesn't love a BLT? The combination of the salty bacon with the sweetness of the dressing and grape tomatoes makes for great flavor. This is a very easy salad. If I am entertaining, I get the spinach and tomatoes ready in the serving bowl, then cook the bacon ahead of time, and leave it in the pan with the bacon grease, stored in the refrigerator. Just heat the pan before serving and finish the recipe. Stand back when you add the vinegar, or it will clear your sinuses! This salad also goes well with gourmet croutons, or sometimes I add toasted pine nuts. The spinach wilts slightly when the dressing is added. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: serves 4-6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large vidalia onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 5-6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons splenda or white sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil if needed
  1. Cook bacon over medium low heat in a fry pan until crisp. Season with pepper if desired.
  2. Remove all but 2 to 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat from pan.
  3. Meanwhile in salad bowl, add spinach and halved grape tomatoes.
  4. Turn pan to the lowest setting. Add onions to the bacon and stir for one minute.
  5. Add splenda or sugar, and vinegar to the pan. Stir until disolved. Add up to 1/4 cup olive oil to extend dressing. Taste and season if needed. Adjust the sugar to taste.
  6. Pour the dressing over the spinach, toss and serve immediately. Add extra olive oil if required to finish.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Once bacon is crisp, drain off fat leaving 2-3 tablespoons.  Turn down heat and add onions.
Once bacon is crisp, drain off fat leaving 2-3 tablespoons. Turn down heat and add onions.
Add tomatoes to spinach in seving bowl.
Add tomatoes to spinach in seving bowl.
Add dressing to salad at the last minute.
Add dressing to salad at the last minute.
Toss and serve immediately.
Toss and serve immediately.

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    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR

      kitkat1141 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am sure you could. A sturdier lettuce is better, as the warm dressing would be too heavy on delicate leaves. Let me know how it turns out!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      I would like to try this but spinach is not very popular here, maybe I could use lettuce instead.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR

      kitkat1141 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds great. I also have made the salad with Arugula, which would probably be similar to the dandelion. A great way to eat our greens!

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Sounds delicious! Makin me hungry ;) The bacon dressing sounds like what my mother makes for dandelion greens salad in spring. Just substitute the spinach with fresh, young dandelion greens.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR

      kitkat1141 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hope you give it a try. Great way to eat more spinach!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks awesome. I love BLTs! Pinning for later and sharing!

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR

      kitkat1141 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the comment. I serve it whenever a green salad would be appropriate. Goes great with grilled meat or fish. In the summer I like to cook it outside on the BBQ side burner. On really hot days, I serve it as is with a poached egg on top and maybe grilled focaccia! Enjoy

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      rjsadowski 

      5 years ago

      Your salad sounds very tasty. What do you serve it with?

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