Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad with Delicious Homemade Croutons
There is just something about summer and a fresh bacon, lettuce and tomato salad. If you’ve ever had a garden fresh tomato in the summer, you would be hard-pressed to eat the totally blah tomatoes of winter ever again.
Right now tomatoes are just falling off the vine everywhere! Bags of fresh tomatoes are popping up at work, front porches, and even being shared at churches!
This salad is also a great excuse to run to your local farmers market … read more about that here.
That’s why I love to make this salad during the summer months when tomatoes are at their peak and are everywhere.
The croutons are delicious so don’t be tempted to skip this part. I love to add just a hint of blue cheese and it really make the bacon, lettuce and tomato that much more delicious. Don’t skip that part either.
We always make our own semi-homemade ranch dressing for this salad. It’s perfect. You will love it.
Semi-Homemade Ranch Dressing:
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
1 (5.3 oz) container of Chobani plain yogurt
1/2 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Seasoning
1/2 cup milk
Mix everything together in a small bowl and let chill for about 1/2 hour before serving.
Summer calls for this scrumptious Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad!
- 4 slices of thick white bread
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 big bunch of Romaine lettuce washed, dried and chopped
- 1 lb. package of regular bacon
- 2 large garden tomatoes
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
- salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Lightly spread mayonnaise on each side of the bread and sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese.
Bake bread on a cookie sheet for about 7-8 minutes, flipping once during cooking.
Once the bread has cooled, cut into small pieces for croutons.
Cook bacon until crispy and lay on paper towels to drain.
Assemble 4 small salads or 1 large.
Add the tomatoes, slices of bacon and sprinkle with blue cheese.
Lightly salt and pepper before serving.
Serve with Ranch Dressing.
Don’t forget about this scrumptious salad during the long summer months. Tomatoes are normally in season most of the summer and can be found in abundance at the end of the summer months like August and September.
Juicy ripe tomatoes really makes this salad. Don’t forget to sprinkle with salt & pepper before serving.
Read more on what to put in your healthy salad!