BLT Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing

Do you like  BLT’s ? There is just something about thick salty bacon, juicy tomato slices and crisp green lettuce that works. The best BLT that I have ever had was in Chapel Hill, NC. This salad is a great side dish for a Spring Picnic, Summer BBQ, or Fall Tailgate. Pack the tomatoes in one container, and the rest of the ingredients in a separate container. Transport to your event in a cooler. Assemble and dress on site.  A salad isn’t complete without a dressing on top. Sally decided that the beautiful green color of a Creamy Pesto Dressing is the perfect topper to this bacon and tomato salad! You can use any pesto recipe that you like for the dressing, but we enjoy this Basil Arugula and Walnut Pesto.
Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Creamy Pesto Dressing
Serves 6 to 8

4 cups red tomato wedges

2 cups red grape tomato halves

3/4 cup chopped scallions (white and green)

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

8 cups chopped romaine leaves

8 slices thick cut bacon cooked and chopped

Creamy Pesto Dressing (recipe below)

In a large bowl add the tomato wedges and grape tomato halves. Add the scallions, basil, salt and pepper. Toss. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Put romaine leaves on a large serving platter. Cover the lettuce with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top of the salad. Drizzle dressing over the salad. Serve

Creamy Pesto Dressing

1/2 cup pesto

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

In a medium bowl add the pesto, mayonnaise and cream. Stir. Add the red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce. Stir. Serve or refrigerate until needed.


Recipe © Sally James Mathis

Photography ©Taylor Mathis

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