Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Geema

Crisp bacon makes this salad a real winner. I use turkey bacon with good success. Please don't try to substitute those artificial bacon bits in this recipe, it just won't work.

Top Review by mainecooncat

Took this salad to a family gathering today. Brought home an empty dish. Everyone really liked it and said it tasted just like a BLT sandwich. The one change I made was to add a little Splenda to the dressing because I was afraid it was a little too tart. Definitely a keeper. Thanks, Geema!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook bacon until it is crisp by your favorite method.
  2. Crumble, and set it aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings in a small bowl.
  3. Whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing sit, covered, at room temperature while you finish making the salad.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle with the oil, and cook, stirring constantly, until the croutons are crisp and golden brown.
  6. In a large salad bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
  8. Serve immediately.

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