BLT Salad Servings: 4
1 cup cubed whole-wheat country bread
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, divided
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced chives, or scallion greens
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
5 cups chopped hearts of romaine lettuce
3 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss bread with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake, turning once, until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Cut 1 tomato in half. Working over a large bowl, shred both halves using the large holes on a box grater. Discard the skin. Add mayonnaise, chives (or scallion greens), vinegar, garlic powder and pepper; whisk to combine.
- Chop the remaining 3 tomatoes. Add the tomatoes, romaine and croutons to the bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with bacon.
Inner Chef Note: Reviews on this recipe were excellent. Some people did drain the tomatoes before making the dressing. Another person used chopped grape tomatoes instead of peeling and shredding the tomatoes for the dressing. Turkey bacon was used by one reader instead of the center cut bacon the recipe calls for.