Today is exciting because it’s my very first time participating in Surprise Recipe Swap! Basically food bloggers are assigned another food blog at random, and then we choose a recipe from that blog to make and photograph. But we can’t tell anyone until today, aka the big reveal. Fun!
I was assigned Sew What’s Cooking with Joan! and I chose basically a BLT Salad. It was an easy choice, really; I love BLT sandwiches, and I love salads, so putting them together sounded like a terrific idea. Turns out, it definitely was.
This was a delicious salad. Matt and I kept going back for more. I think the aioli dressing was what made it. Though it didn’t look much like the mayo you would spread on your sandwich bread, it tasted like a better version of plain mayo dressing the greens and tomatoes and bacon. Really tasty!
The only change I made was possibly to the amount of greens used. Joan calls for 12 cups of salad greens, and I never bother to measure my greens for salad. So I used a 5 ounce package of spring mix greens, and it was plenty. The ratio of greens to tomato was fine. Enjoy!
Source: Sew What’s Cooking with Joan
8 slices of applewood-smoked bacon, chopped
5 oz. package of your favorite greens, I like spring mix or arugula
10 oz. yellow and red cherry tomatoes, and/or pear tomatoes, halved
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
3 tbs mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbs white wine vinegar
Fresh ground pepper and pinch of salt
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from skillet; reserve skillet.
Place lettuce and tomatoes in large serving bowl. Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, then mayonnaise and vinegar; whisk until well blended. Season dressing with salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour over greens and tomatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle bacon over and serve.