BLT Salad with Bacon-Herb Dressing

I’m not much of a sandwich person, but every now and then I crave a classic BLT. I thought it would be great in salad form, which explains how this recipe was born. I was shooting to make this a main dish, so I added chicken to bulk it up. I believe it is very important to only get organic, humanely raised bacon (and chicken), so please be aware of where your meat comes from (all meat!). I know it’s more expensive but believe me, it’s worth it!

Quick tip: Don’t be scared to make your own dressing! You can customize it to what you want and you also know what’s in it! No preservatives, no chemicals and it’s a lot cheaper too.

BLT Salad with Bacon-Herb Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 minutes | Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

1½ pounds chicken breast or thighs, boneless and skinless
4-6 cups spring mix or lettuce of choice
½-1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ pound uncured bacon
½-1 avocado, sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Garlic and onion powder, to taste

Dressing:
1 avocado, diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3-4 tablespoons bacon fat
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
1 clove garlic, smashed
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons fresh herbs (basil, dill, oregano, thyme, etc.)
Water, as needed

Directions:

1.) In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from the pan and reserve 2-3 tablespoons of the bacon fat for the dressing. Chop the bacon when cooled.

2.) Heat the remaining fat in the pan and add the chicken breast. Season with salt, pepper garlic and onion powder and cook until no longer pink in the center. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.

3.) Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Thin out with water until the desired consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

4.) Place the lettuce in bowls or on plates and top with bacon, tomato, avocado and chicken as desired. Drizzle with dressing and top with chicken (if using) before serving.

 


Feel great and remember to enjoy your health!

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Katie
The Warrior Wife

 

*Although it is not specified in the recipe, I only use ingredients that are organic and/or GMO-free. I believe this is the healthiest way to eat and encourage everyone to do so as much as possible. It is a more expensive way to eat but it is worth every penny!

 

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