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BLT Salad

Two of my punks are already back in school, leaving the Pickle at home with me to enjoy one last week of summer.  We knew we needed some sustenance before we struck out on a quest for the perfect pair of jeggings (a middle-schooler’s must have, I’ve been told), so we rummaged through the fridge, and this is what we concocted: a BLT for Two salad!  Hot diggety dog, is it good!  Beware the bacon croutons, however – they’re addictive — we almost ate the whole batch before the salad was ready to serve. 

I have very little more to say today.  I’m mentally preparing for a trip to Mayfair with the Pickle.  Plus, I’m going to keep it short after yesterday’s lipstick story.  I’ll be lucky if I have any readers left after that one.

TTFN!!

BLT for Two Salad
Serves: 2 for lunch
Adapted from epicurious.com

6 bacon slices (Nueske’s Bacon is on sale)
¼ loaf of Italian bread, diced
¼ t. minced garlic
1 T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. mayonnaise
1 T. water
¼ small red onion, julienned
½ lb. cherry tomatoes, halved (Campari tomatoes are on sale and are a fine substitute; quarter them)
1 head Boston lettuce (Dole Classic Mix greens are on sale and would be fine as well)

In a skillet cook bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp.  Reserving 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet, drain bacon on paper towels and crumble.  Heat bacon fat over moderately high heat but not smoking and sauté bread cubes with salt to taste, stirring, until golden brown.  Transfer croutons to paper towels to drain and cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, lemon juice, mayonnaise, water, and salt and pepper to taste.  Tear lettuce in to bite-sized pieces.

In a large bowl, toss onion, tomatoes, lettuce, half of bacon and croutons, salt and pepper to taste, and enough dressing to coat.

Divide salad between 2 plates and top with remaining croutons and serve.

*NOTE* If you don’t feel like futzing with the dressing step, Hidden Valley Ranch is on sale and would give you nearly the same effect.   Also, after I took this picture I decided to add an avocado that I had on hand … avocados are on sale too!

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Leah Damron is an avid home cook who believes in using the freshest ingredients available, and she challenges herself weekly to create meals out of (mostly!) sale items. If Sendik's ever gave a title for "Biggest Fan", she believes she would win, hands down. Leah lives in greater Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and her big black lab, Daisy."

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