A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

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There’s an interesting story behind this BLT Salad Recipe! Anyone can make a BLT salad (the name is a dead giveaway of the ingredients and it’s basically a deconstructed sandwich) but not every BLT dressing is created equal! A few years ago, we attended my husbands’ cousin’s wedding and their reception was in a fancy hotel in Washington state.

There was a salad on the menu and the dressing tasted just like a favorite salad of ours (Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad) except it was served over a bed of greens and I thought – “YAAAASSSS! This is brilliant!” Why not put the same tasty dressing on every salad possible? Why not put it on a BLT salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes and of course croutons (and these were homemade by the way!).

The dressing for this salad is spot on and my Mom mmm’d her way through her bowl. It was an instant win because it has the same familiar family-favorite dressing but it’s served in a really exciting way. I venture to call this our new house salad; ‘Natasha’s House Salad.’ I won’t lie – I kinda like the sound of that! 😉

Ingredients for BLT Salad:

12 oz sliced cooked bacon*
1 to 2 cups croutons (click here for croutons recipe)
1 lb (3 cups) tomatoes (any kind)
1 medium/large head of lettuce,** chopped, rinsed and spun dry

* I baked ‘ma bacon on a foil lined baking sheet for about 14-15 min at 400˚F. Thick cut bacon can take closer to 20 min.
**Photographed is a Boston lettuce (also known as bibb or butter lettuce). You can also use romaine, or green leaf.

A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

For the Creamy BLT Salad Dressing:

3 Tbsp mayo
4 Tbsp sour cream
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
1 to 2 Tbsp milk, or add to desired consistency

How to Make the Best BLT Salad:

1. Make the dressing first to allow the flavors to meld. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp mayo, 4 Tbsp sour cream, 1 pressed garlic clove, 1/4 cup chives, 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/4 tsp salt (or season to taste). Stir together with a fork then add 1 to 2 Tbsp milk, or add milk to desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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2. In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Just before serving, drizzle with dressing (adding it to taste) and toss to combine. You may or may not use all of the dressing depending on how large your head of lettuce was. I had a tablespoon or so left over.

A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

This BLT Salad is easy peasy and you have one ridiculously tasty salad! Enjoy this my friends! 🙂

BLT Salad Recipe

4.99 from 63 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com
The dressing in this BLT salad is exceptional! This BLT salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes and of course croutons. An easy, excellent salad!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 as a main course or 6 as a side salad

Ingredients for the BLT Salad:

  • 12 oz sliced cooked bacon*
  • 1 to 2 cups croutons
  • 1 lb 3 cups tomatoes (any kind), sliced
  • 1 medium/large head of lettuce, ** chopped, rinsed, dried

For the Creamy BLT Salad Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp milk, or add to desired consistency

Instructions

  • Make the dressing first to allow the flavors to meld. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp mayo, 4 Tbsp sour cream, pressed garlic clove, 1/4 cup chives, 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/4 tsp salt (or season to taste). Stir together then add 1 to 2 Tbsp milk, or add milk to desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Just before serving, drizzle with dressing (adding it to taste) and toss to combine.

Notes

* I baked 'ma bacon on a foil lined baking sheet 14-15 min at 400˚F. Thick cut bacon can take closer to 20 min.
**Great lettuce options: Boston/bibb/butter lettuce, romaine, or green leaf lettuce.
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BLT Salad with Avocado
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
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A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

What is your families all-time favorite salad? We get into grooves where we make the same salad all the time for an entire season because we love it so much! Are you the same way?

A BLT Salad loaded with fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, bright tomatoes, crunchy croutons and the BLT Salad dressing is exceptional. Easy, excellent salad! | natashaskitchen.com

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Madge Smith
    June 21, 2024

    Loved this. I took whole romaine lettuce leaves, stacked 3 together, and made BLT “boats” by putting in bacon strips, quartered colorful cherry tomatoes. Put them on a rectangular serving dish and had the dressing in a small coffee creamer pitcher for each person to drizzle on their salad. It was tidy enough to eat out of hand. It was pretty and delicious, especially the dressing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 21, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Madge!

      Reply

  • marry
    June 19, 2024

    your cookbook is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  • Rayan Mc Namara
    May 25, 2024

    Very good recipe. Thank you for sharing it. I made if for my hubby for a lunch date. He really liked it.

    Reply

  • Sharon Finch
    May 24, 2024

    I could go on Worst Cooks In America-seriously. And EVERY recipe I have tried has been great. This was absolutely the best summer main dish ever! It did hold up for two days! Second time I made it I added chicken…OMG with the bacon and chicken; amazing!

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  • Clarissa
    August 15, 2023

    Very tasty salad, especially with local summer tomatoes in right now. The dressing complemented the salad well. I made it just as written and found it slightly on the salty side as mayo also contains salt. I might suggest initially reducing the amount of salt in the dressing, and then adjusting to taste depending on the saltiness of your bacon and croutons. Thank you for sharing your recipe, this is a summer recipe keeper!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 15, 2023

      Hi Clarissa! I’m glad you loved it! That’s a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Sheri
    May 31, 2023

    Hi, do you have dairy free alternatives for the dressing? I would really like to try to make the dessert but I am dairy free.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 31, 2023

      Hi Sheri! I have not tested any alternatives but you could try using a dairy-free yogurt in place of sour cream and a dairy-free milk to reach the consistency you’d like. Let us know how it turns out.

      Reply

  • Lori
    April 25, 2023

    That easy dressing was so tasty! Made it for lunch and made it again for dinner. Even the “I hate veggies” teenager ate two bowls.
    I didn’t have time to make the croutons but definitely going to the next time.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 25, 2023

      That’s great, Lori! So glad to hear that.

      Reply

  • Maureen
    April 17, 2023

    OMG, the best salad. I’m not a big salad as main course for dinner but this salad is fantastic and yes the dressing is fantastic. It’s perfect as is but my husband now adds hard boiled eggs on his hand and I add avocado. Thanks sooo much for sharing this recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 17, 2023

      Hi Maureen! I’m so glad you loved the recipe. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

      Reply

  • Debi
    February 15, 2023

    Alone. Maybe a portion???

    Maybe lunch and supper.

    BLT Salad and delicious!

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  • Kay
    June 6, 2022

    The salad is amazing but the dressing!!!! I make (double) it every week and we love it. Great as a veggie dip or salad dressing. Sometimes I add more herbs.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kay!

      Reply

  • MelisendePF
    January 21, 2022

    I wanted to try a BLT salad to go with a potato, corn and bacon chowder and I can’t fault the recipe. Just for me however, I’m not crazy about bacon strips in my salad – I prefer it crumbled on top, so I’d do that next time.

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    • Patricia
      January 21, 2022

      The BLT salad is meant as a full meal, so makes no sense to have it with chowder. Just make a simple green salad and sprinkle some bacon on it.

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  • Sandy Kegler
    December 14, 2021

    We started ordering this salad at a pub that has really good food. They also add dill pickles ….its really good !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 14, 2021

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Lydia
    November 18, 2021

    I had made this salad once last year and found it ok, nothing special. A few weeks ago I thought I’ll make it again, expecting nothing special, but I decided to add some grated cheese this time. And it made all the difference for us! It was soooo good!!! I’m obsessed🤤 thanks Natasha for the great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 18, 2021

      Nice, thanks for sharing that with us. Great to hear that loved it more after adding some grated cheese.

      Reply

  • Darcy
    August 21, 2021

    I, too, loved the dressing but made some substitutions:
    1. Used basil + poppy seeds since I had no chives.
    2. Added a cut up baked chicken filet since I had leftover
    Recommendations: Less salt(I thought 1/4 t made it a little too salty so added some sugar and more pepper)
    But it was delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Darcy!

      Reply

  • Mary M
    August 12, 2021

    Wow, I signed up just so that I could leave this comment.

    This dressing is the bomb. It is the PERFECT creamy dressing for almost any salad and as a base, can be taken in a million directions.

    I am so grateful, because I make a lot of dressings, but this one is so quick and easy that I’ve already doubled it, tweaked it and written it down for next time!

    Thank you, Natasha!
    BTW, we are having the BLT Salad tonight with fresh garden tomatoes…it’s August, after all! That’s how I found your site, and I’m so excited to see your other recipes.

    I did have to do a sub (had no fresh chives), maybe this is helpful for someone else: I used 1 tsp of dried chives and used 2-3 T of finely sliced green onion tops for the freshness. It worked great.

    For a keto tweak: I replaced the milk with a dash of heavy cream (2 t) and since I still wanted it a bit more pourable, I added water until the consistency was perfect for us. It is very rich, even with the water! I also added 1/2 packet of True Lemon powder and a good pinch of cayenne, but that’s just personal taste…’cuz we’re chili heads and can’t help ourselves.

    Today, I am grateful for Natasha’s dressing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 12, 2021

      Hello Mary, thanks for the effort in sharing this review with us, that is so appreciated! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe and I was happy to see you keto suggestions. That is so helpful!

      Reply

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