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BLT Salad

BLT Salad  / She Cooks, He Cleans

Every summer for as long as I remember, my favorite use of home-grown tomatoes was a bacon and tomato sandwich.  I never was too big on the idea of putting lettuce on it, because tomatoes and bacon seemed to be enough!  There was great anticipation for the first sandwich.  Two slices of bread, a slathering of mayonnaise (or even better, Miracle Whip), thick juicy slices of ripe tomatoes, crispy bacon, a grinding of black pepper….the memory itself makes me want to swoon.  As long as the tomatoes lasted, I’d have one delicious, drippy sandwich after another.

Sigh – – this is my first summer of No Grains!  I can do it!  This salad is loaded with bacon and perfectly ripe tomatoes, and I put together a mayonnaise-based dressing with a little feta cheese thrown in for good measure.  I can’t wait for the next one, and the next one….


  • Vine-ripened tomato
  • Bacon strips, cut into ~2-inch pieces
  • Lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces (I used romaine)
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise (preferably homemade)
  • splash of balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • several generous grinds of black pepper
  • touch of honey
  • feta cheese (optional)

Fry up the bacon pieces in a skillet over medium heat.  Set aside on a paper towel.

Mix the mayonnaise, to taste, with vinegar, pepper, and honey.  If adding feta, mash the cheese into the mayonnaise mixture to break up any large clumps.

Assemble the salad by placing lettuce in bowl, slice the tomato into bite-sized pieces and add to the lettuce.  Top with bacon and mayonnaise dressing.  Eat and Enjoy!

One of the perks (other than the lavish salary…ha!) of being a music reviewer is getting to hear new music before it hits the streets. I’d heard the buzz about Field Songs from William Elliott Whitmore for a while, and boy, was the buzz warranted. Whitmore sings his tales of everyman backed by solo banjo or guitar, but no mere strum/strum folkie here- unless you consider Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger the same. Powerful songs about a nation off track, and how it effects real people. Great stuff!

10 comments on “BLT Salad

  1. Jackie Cannady
    July 5, 2011

    This looks absolutely delicious….but I have to beg to differ on the Miracle Whip. When it comes to tomato sandwiches, you MUST use Duke’s. Now, I must go get ingredients for this salad immediately. I am litterally drooling from the picture !

    • Nancy
      July 5, 2011

      Thanks Jackie! And what was I thinking…Duke’s rules! 🙂

  2. That may be a salad, but look at all that bacon. So up my alley!

    • Nancy
      July 5, 2011

      No such thing is too much bacon!

  3. Myra
    July 5, 2011

    Yum. Don’t have any feta, so I’m makin’ this with some Maytag Bleu instead…

  4. Chowstalker
    July 6, 2011

    Hi Nancy, I’ve been checking your site out…very nice! Lots of good recipes, including this one, that I’ll be trying. Thanks so much for sharing a few of these with us on Chowstalker. Hope we get to see more! Patty

    • She cooks...He cleans
      July 6, 2011

      Hi Patty! Thanks so much for the kind comments and for letting us share on Chowstalker! We will be happy to post more. Hope you enjoy trying the recipes – come back and let us know how you liked them! ~Nancy

  5. Caveman Home Companion
    July 6, 2011

    Hi Nancy!
    The BLT salad looks awsome! I’ve been visiting your site for a while now and just wanted to let you know that I enjoy it!

  6. She cooks...He cleans
    July 6, 2011

    Hey, thanks Caveman! I’m glad you left this message, or I would have missed out on the photo of the rare Chupacabra. I’ll remember that, in case I ever grill a goat. Love your sense of humor! Also, it’s nice to find other cave-persons that like the cheese and wine. 🙂

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