Saturday, July 16, 2011

BLT Wedge with Yogurt Dressing

Bacon...yum.  Tomatoes...yum.  Fresh sourdough...oh my.   I probably don't have to convince you's difficult to find someone that doesn't love BLTs, because bacon is the best.  I've heard quite a few vegetarians claim that bacon is the only smell that tempts them to become carnivorous.  And as staunchly anti-pork as I say I am...I love bacon.  Super crispy, well done, salty bacon.  Yum. 

BLTs are perfect and simple as a meal, but as a salad, you can have it before or with any meal.  I made a yogurt based dressing only because I don't really like mayo (yes, I've been told it's weird) but you could substitute mayo for some of the yogurt in the dressing for a more traditional BLT flavor. 

And since I think that toasty bread is an essential flavor in the BLT, I've topped my salad with some toasted breadcrumbs.  Not a lot, but just enough to remind you that the salad is inspired by the sandwich.

BLT Wedges

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 lb bacon
yogurt dressing
garlic toasted breadcrumbs

Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Whisk together dressing ingredients

Garlic Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • 2-3 slices fresh sourdough
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  1. Pulse bread in food processor until fine crumb
  2. Heat olive oil over med heat.  Cook garlic in oil for 1-2 minutes taking care not to burn
  3. Add bread crumbs and cook for 2-4 minutes or until crumbs are toasted.
    1. Cook bacon until crisp.  Drain on paper towels and let cool.  Crumble into small pieces.
    2. Cut lettuce into wedges
    3. Cut tomatoes in half
    4. Prepare dressing and breadcrumbs
    5. To serve, place lettuce, tomatoes and crumbled bacon on plate.  Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.


    steph said...

    well of course everyone loves bacon. i think it's the worlds perfect food.

    hopefully you gave that sweet doggie some bacon. :)

    Emma Jane said...

    I love wedge salads probably because I'm lazy. I just slice up some iceberg, throw some bottled ranch on it and call it a salad. Love the idea of adding bacon and tomatoes (and the breadcrumbs!).

    Bronwyn said...

    This looks superb thugh we'd probably throw an entire 1/3 lb of bacon on each of our wedges..while Riley would get the other third. Puppies do need bacon!

    rebecca said...

    ,,,love, love, love iceberg lettuce wedges,,,always a satisfying meal!,,,

    Liz said...

    What a pretty, pretty salad and it looks so simple to make!

    Kara said...

    What a sweet little face! I bet you can't say "no bacon" to that.

    Love BLTs and love the breadcrumb idea.

    Wendy said...

    Awesome! I love wedges too but it's usually bottled dressing. This looks just as easy and extra fun for the tastebuds!

    Sophia said...

    I like that something so simple can look so elegant. It looks like something I'd order in a restaurant! Yes, Brooklyn is correct.mmmmmm....bacon

    Ellie said...

    I don't like mayo either so you are not alone in your "weirdness" love the yogurt dressing and the bacon!!

    Monica said...

    Awwww....she's awfully cute! Love the Brooklyn pic!

    Rita said...

    We eat a lot of blts around here so we definitely "like" this salad! I noticed you used an uncured bacon though and was wondering what your thoughts were on flavor. My sister has been raging against nitrates recently but I've heard mixed reviews on nitrate free bacon.

    MaryMary said...

    Rita-I've heard the same thing about nitrate free bacon but I haven't ever really noticed all that much of a difference. I like it and like that it is nitrate free. Not that I've ever turned down regular 'ole bacon though. :)

    Carrie said...

    this looks so perfectly cool and crisp for summer and so healthy with just the little bits of bacon. Love it!