BLT Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

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When you serve guests a casually-thrown together salad from seasonal fresh ingredients and it’s still being raved about a year later, then maybe it’s time to try and recreate the salad and share the recipe!   This salad is a cross between a Caprese salad and a BLT sandwhich.  Sooooooo delicious!   The homemade croutons are a must.   Hope I got it exactly right for you Millie!

BLT SALAD

Ingredients:

6 slices of uncured maple bacon, cooked crisp, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces( regular bacon is fine)

3 large yellow heirloom tomatoes, cut in half horizontally, ends cored(substitute any tomatoes such as beefsteak varieties;  you need a flat bottomed tomato)

6 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese(bocconcini), diced in 1/2 inch pieces( you can substitute cumbled blue cheese or crumbled feta)

10 oz of butter lettuce or baby romaine lettuce, coarsely torn

1/4 c fresh basil, chiffonade cut

6 slices of 1/2″ thick French baguette

1/3 c olive oil, maybe more

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

optional:  diced avocado

LEMONY GARLIC DRESSING:   Wisk together  juice and zest of 2 lemons, 2 t Dijon mustard, 3 cloves of garlic crushed.  Gradually add in 1/2 c olive oil.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add 1/2 c sour cream, optional.

TO MAKE CROUTONS:   Heat oil in skillet on moderate heat setting, add garlic, and brown the baguette, turning once, until golden on both sides.  You don’t want the croutons too dry.  Be very careful not to burn the garlic.  Let cool on a paper towel and cut each slice into 4 croutons.

ASSEMBLY:

On a rimmed serving platter, spread the lettuce evenly.  Place the 6 tomatoe halves, cut side up,  on the lettuce.  Season the tomatoes with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Sprinkle  bacon on top of each tomato half.  Distribute the mozzarella evenly and sprinkle the basil over all the salad.Top with the croutons .  Add the avocado if using.

When ready to serve, crown with a drizzle of the creamy lemony salad dressing with more on the side.  Use a wide spatula to serve a tomato half, cut side up, to each guest.

Making the croutons:

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The croutons should be golden brown on the edges with the inside still soft so they can soak up the dressing

The croutons should be golden brown on the edges with the inside still soft so they can soak up the dressing

Salad Assembly:

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A lively combination of fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Summer in every bite!

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9 thoughts on “BLT Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

  1. This salad brings back fun memories of our visit to your home last Summer. It was served as part of our first meal together upon arriving at your home. It was not only Delicious, but beautifully presented……just like your pictures now!!!!!!!!

  2. I am ALL over this!!! I’ve been growing basil this season, and I’m just itching to use it in as many dishes as I can. I had a BLT earlier this week, but a BLT salad sounds even better…especially with fresh croutons! Pinning!!!

    • I think if we lived closer to each other, we’d be great friends! If you use the blue cheese I would recommend a simple vinaigrette. This flavorful vinaigrette is best with the milder mozzarella. Thank you for reading me, Alycia! Let me know how you like the salad.:)))

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