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Gourmet BLT Salad

Gourmet BLT Salad

This is a healthy take on the classic summertime favorite BLT sandwich. It makes a perfect picnic lunch or light dinner. Grow your own tomatoes for a fresh taste.

Recipe from Jill Buhler, Executive Administrative Assistant, Guidant Corporation.

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salad Fixings

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Spinach leaves
  • 1 tomato (sliced or chopped) (10 grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons bacon (torn into pieces)
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Preparation

Toasted Slivered Almonds

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Spray a cookie sheet lightly with olive oil cooking spray and spread the almonds out on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in oven at 300 for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly brown.

Salad

  • Mix together oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Set aside, let sit for at least one-half hour.
  • Stir dressing before pouring on to salad.
  • Right before serving, pour some dressing over romaine lettuce and spinach leaves in bowl, toss the lettuce and leaves.
  • Add the shredded cheeses, bacon, tomato, red pepper, green onions and toasted almonds over lettuce and toss lightly.

Yields 4 servings of salad per recipe.

Note: The dressing recipe is enough for two large salads. Do not use the entire recipe on one salad. You can store the dressing in the fridge, for up to 3-4 days. (When using next day, take out of fridge and let dressing "warm up" a bit on counter for 10 minutes, stir and pour.)

Baker’s Tip: Add chopped chicken to turn this perfect lunch into a delicious main entree.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

  • 273 calories
  • 8 g protein
  • 11 g carbohydrates
  • 24 g fat
  • 79% calories from fat (14% from saturated fat)
  • 120 mg calcium
  • 3.5 g dietary fiber
  • If adding chicken, nutritional analysis will change.

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