BLT Chopped Salad

The Southern husband and I are inordinately fond of both wedge salads and BLTs.  They are both scrumptiously delicious in their own endearing ways, and I’ve waxed poetic about both of them on this very site.  But they both share one teeny tiny flaw, which is that they are a little unwieldy to eat.  They require knives and slicing and dripping and napkins, none of which has ever stopped us even for a second, but still, I took it as a challenge.  And so…I put the two of them together and CHOPPED them.  As in, BLT chopped salad!

Now, a wedge salad is usually a wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese dressing, tomato and bacon, and a BLT is…well, I don’t need to tell you what a BLT is, right?  So I took the following from both of these lovelies:

1. Bacon.  Natch.

2. Lettuce. I used the romaine variety that I like on my BLTs instead of the iceberg kind.  Sorry, icebergs everywhere.

3. Tomatoes. I used sweet little cherry tomatoes, because they are so easy to chop in half and because they are just plain delicious.

4. Blue cheese dressing.  The homemade kind, which will take you two shakes to whirl up.

Start by making the dressing, which is as easy as mixing up all the ingredients with a fork (or if you are lazy like me, in your little baby food processor/chopper thing).

Now chop up the bacon, the lettuce and the tomatoes into bite sized pieces and put it all together in a mixing bowl.  Wash your hands up good, drizzle on as much dressing as you like, and mix the whole thing together gently with your hands.  I know, but it’s the very best way to toss salad.  It is.  Trust me.

Grind on a little fresh ground pepper and there you have it – a cross between a wedge salad and a BLT that requires only a fork and an appetite – no dribbling, no cutting, no muss and no fuss.  Only deliciousness.  And if you happen to have some nice juicy steak slices on the side…well, I’ll just let you think about that for a moment or two.

BLT Chopped Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

For The Salad
1 head romaine lettuce
5 slices bacon, cooked and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
Fresh ground pepper for garnish
For The Dressing
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
Milk for thinning as needed

Directions

1. Make the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients except for the milk and stirring with a fork until well combined (some chunks of blue cheese are good - it shouldn't be totally smooth). Thin it with just enough milk that it is still thick but pourable.
2. Chop the bacon, lettuce and tomato into bite sized pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Pour dressing on top and toss gently with washed hands until combined. Grind pepper on top. That's it - you're done!

Yum

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  1. Only thing I add is homemade toasty crutons, kind of going for the toasted BLT sandwich texture, Yummy, thanks for posting.

  2. Karen Nelson says:

    Easy and wonderful! Nice accompaniment
    to our grilled chicken we are still enjoying.
    Have meant to comment on the evolution of your site. It’s really great and easy to use even on my iPhone which I did this past weekend. I think you have a new follower as my cousin and I were having food fun!
    It has been a joy to follow your family, kitchen remodels and more! Oh.. And of course great food!
    So, I say thank you Kate and Keep Calm and Cook On!

    • Thanks Karen! And yes, one of the things we did was make the site mobile responsive so it will hopefully keep up with all the devices. Gotta keep on keeping up! Thanks for sharing the site with your cousin, and of course for all your support over the years! xoxo

  3. Oh man, this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  4. This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat salad.

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