BLT Bread Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Dressing

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This recipe brings together all the best of a BLT in a salad: crisp lettuce, salty bacon, juicy tomatoes and a tangy stand-in for mayo with buttermilk dressing . . . not even the bread is left out.

BLT Bread Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Dressing


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

BLT Bread Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Dressing


  1. Buttermilk Dressing:
  2. 1/2 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
  3. 2 tablespoons sour cream
  4. 1 tablespoon chives, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  6. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  7. 2 teaspoons onion, peeled and grated
  8. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  9. 1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
  10. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  11. Salad:
  12. 4 slices center-cut bacon
  13. 4 cups torn romaine lettuce
  14. 4 cups chopped heirloom tomatoes
  15. 4 cups (1-inch) cubed rustic whole grain bread, toasted
  16. 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion


Shake all dressing ingredients together in a tight-sealing jar until well blended.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and spoon 2 teaspoons bacon fat into a large salad bowl. Toss lettuce with drippings. Add remaining salad ingredients and toss well again. Top with crumbled bacon.

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