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Heirloom Tomato BLT Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
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Heirloom Tomato BLT Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

Green Goddess dressing

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 English cucumber, seeded and peeled
5 scallions, green part only, cut into large pieces
1/2 cup Italian parsley leaves, whole
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Croutons
1 small loaf crusty bread, such as ciabatta, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Salad
8 strips applewood-smoked bacon
4 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into large chunks
1 large head romaine lettuce, cored

Instructions

To make the dressing: Place all ingredients into a blender and pureé until smooth and creamy, and the entire mixture has turned pale green. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To make the croutons: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together until bread is evenly coated with oil and spices. Place on a baking sheet and bake until bread is crispy on the outside, but still slightly softened in the center. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

To make the salad: While the oven is still hot, evenly arrange the bacon on a baking sheet and cook until crispy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly, then cut into 1-inch pieces. In a large bowl, toss whole lettuce leaves and tomatoes with 3/4 cup of dressing, adding more if desired. Divide among serving plates, and top each salad with bacon and croutons. Finish with an extra drizzle of Green Goddess. Serve.


About the recipe

The beauty of this salad is its simplicity; it captures the essence of a BLT sandwich into a salad. Similar in flavor to a cucumber ranch, Green Goddess dressing offers creamy and herbaceous flavors that nicely complement the bright, acidic tomatoes. This would be perfect with a piece of grilled chicken or fish, or on its own as a hearty entrée.

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