Turn a classic summer sandwich into a dinner-worthy salad with this BLT Salad with Aged Cheddar. Drizzle with easy homemade buttermilk-chive dressing!
Did I ever tell you about the teenage/young adult phase I went through where I hated bacon? There was no rhyme or reason to it. I just woke up one morning and had an aversion to bacon.
When my mom made BLTs for dinner with the freshest summer tomatoes, I would make myself a big ol’ LT (which honestly, was still pretty good).
Luckily, all phases come to an end (and I’ve heard that taste buds change every 7 years or so), so the B is back in my BLTs, friends. And for good measure, I added cheese to this BLT Salad with Aged Cheddar, just to show my taste buds who is really boss.
About this BLT Salad with Aged Cheddar:
- While this salad would be good all year ’round, it’s best in the summer because tomatoes are best then! I hit up my farmer’s market for a variety of different sizes/shapes/colors of local heirloom tomatoes.
- I made this salad with whole leaves of butter lettuce (call me crazy, but I kind of like salads where you need a fork and knife). You could certainly tear the butter lettuce into bite size pieces, and also use romaine or any other type of lettuce you prefer.
- What salad isn’t better with a little bit of cheese? Black Creek Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is naturally aged for two years, giving it a complex and nutty flavor that will really amp up your salad (and it’s amazing simply cut up for a snack, too). This cheese has a firm texture that is slightly crumbly, which makes it excellent for shaving over a salad!
- While a classic BLT sandwich would be finished with a slather of mayonnaise, the buttermilk-chive dressing I’ve made for this salad has tangy buttermilk as it’s leading lady (use extra buttermilk for my buttermilk chicken marinade). The mayonnaise is still there, in a smaller amount. All you need to round out this dressing is red wine vinegar, some fresh chives and salt and pepper.
For the Buttermilk-Chive Dressing:
- 5 tablespoons buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
For the Salad:
- 2 medium heads butter lettuce, leaves separated
- 1 pound heirloom tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces if necessary
- 4 ounces Black Creek Extra Sharp 2 Year Aged Cheddar Cheese, shaved
- 4 slices oven baked bacon, coarsely chopped
- Toasted baguette slices or croutons (optional)
- Make the Buttermilk-Chive Dressing: In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, chives, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup dressing.
- Make the Salad: Arrange lettuce leaves in large bowl. Top with tomatoes, cheese and bacon. Serve with Buttermilk-Chive Dressing and baguette slices, if desired.
More great summer salad recipes:
- Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cheese Tortellini – this one is a crowd pleaser!
- Heirloom Tomato & Beet Salad – for when tomatoes are at their peak.
- Great Green Salad with Miso Dressing – simple and perfect.
- Watermelon & Avocado Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – the best combo of sweet and salty!
- Sweet Celery Seed Apple Slaw – great with barbecue chicken or ribs.
- Israeli Couscous Salad with Summer Vegetables from Green Valley Kitchen
- Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad from How Sweet Eats
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