B.L.T Salad with Bacon Basil Dressing

B.L.T Salad with Bacon Basil Dressing

B.L.T Salad with Bacon Basil Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Baconnaise
  • 1/2 pound bacon (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 slices French bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, Baconnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.
  2. (Optional) Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, croutons, and (optional) bacon. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
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