BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

03.18.2014

BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette| Cooking Classy

BLT! Who doesn’t love it? You have got to try this salad! It is easy to make and it tastes so incredibly delicious. Really this is a BLTA salad because I couldn’t resist adding the avocado in there. Avocados add nutrition and a subtle, unique flavor and that irreplaceable texture.

I love salads and how simple they are to throw together. They make for a quick dinner that is filling and (mostly) healthy. You can choose how much bacon you’d like to add. My family loves bacon – we fight over bacon :), so I added a fair amount to ours. It’s probably true though that a pound of bacon between four people isn’t very healthy, so if you are looking to make it a little healthier just cut back on the amount of bacon you add in. If you want to serve this as a main dish for dinner I recommend adding in some grilled chicken breast because it makes it more filling.

Just be sure you add the dressing to this salad just before serving because after a short period of time the romaine lettuce will begin to loose it’s crunch. It’s a common rule for most green salads but just thought I’d add that in there, because soggy salads are no good. Enjoy!

BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette| Cooking Classy

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BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard (I like Emeril's)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper , then more to taste as desired

Salad

  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce
  • 12 - 16 oz bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 2 medium avocados , diced
  • 6 oz feta cheese , crumbled
  • 12 oz cherry or grape tomatoes , each sliced into 3 segments
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds , toasted
  • 2 chicken breasts , grilled and sliced into strips (optional)

Instructions

  1. For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until well emulsified. Store in refrigerator.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Add all ingredients to a large bowl (or just layer all ingredients on plates individually), and toss with dressing just before serving.
  5. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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10 comments

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: The perfect, simple salad! You can never go wrong with BLT anything.
    I adore these photos! So bright and gorgeous! Pinned March 19, 2014 at 3:50am Reply

  • Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion: I dont like salad… bu this is making me want to change my mind. Love this…looks like spring March 19, 2014 at 5:33am Reply

  • Karly: Oh, I love this salad! That vinaigrette sounds divine! March 19, 2014 at 7:29am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love a good chopped salad and that lemon vinaigrette sounds so good! March 19, 2014 at 8:24am Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: Fabulous salad, Jaclyn! I bet it tastes just like a true BLT, and I love that lemony vinaigrette. Great recipe! March 19, 2014 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade: Yes – my family fights over bacon too! This salad is beautiful. It would be good rolled up in a tortilla too! March 19, 2014 at 2:39pm Reply

  • Mindy: This looks so delish. I’ve been hankering for a new and different twist on transforming just a hum-drum salad. I’ll definitely try this on the weekend. Thanx!!!! March 19, 2014 at 6:02pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Our family loves chopped salads! That lemon vinaigrette sounds wonderful! March 20, 2014 at 11:34am Reply

  • Julie: I have made salads similar to yours with the addition of chicken….but your lemon vinaigrette was just delicious! Also loved your addition of toasted almonds. Our whole family enjoyed this dinner so much. Thanks Jaclyn! March 24, 2014 at 3:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Julie! Thanks for your feedback! March 24, 2014 at 6:18pm Reply

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