Remember these BLT Fresh Rolls? All the flavours of a classic BLT sandwich rolled up into one perfect summer bite?
Man, I miss those…and summer.
And since our love for bacon runs deep (and year round), we figured it’s time to get our BLT on again!
We’re dietitians, so of course we think you should load up on vegetables, but we also think they should taste good. We know plain ol’ boiled brussels sprouts aren’t winning any awards. But properly seasoned and roasted sprouts with bacon? You’re in business. Food should be eaten because it’s satisfying and flavourful, not only because you think you should eat it or because you’ve heard it’s ‘good for you’.
Take this Salmon BLT salad. If there’s a more satisfying and flavourful salad out there, I challenge you to show us!
I originally tested this recipe with turkey bacon while Erin tested it with real-deal pork. Pork is a no-no in my kosher household (which is probably why I load up whenever I see the real deal on a breakfast menu!). Nonetheless turkey bacon worked splendidly, and if you must leave all types of bacon out, you’ll still get a mighty fine salad. Salmon and bacon are a match made in heaven is all.
Now add crispy homemade croutons, plump cherry tomatoes, peppery arugula, creamy avocado and a drizzle of herbaceous dressing and you’ve got all the components of a BLT (upgraded!) suitable for a weeknight meal or a dinner party worthy showstopper.
And for those of you who have have kids around (us. always.), this meal also falls into the deconstructed dinner category. When I serve it up for my family, I reserve some plain croutons, tomatoes, salmon, bacon and avocado so the kids can pick and choose what they want to eat. This means we’re all eating the same thing, it may just look slightly different for each family member. This technique can make almost any meal family friendly, and bonus: it means no short-order cooking for us!
Finally, if you’re trying maximize your time for weeknight cooking with some weekend meal prep , the dressing, croutons, salmon and bacon can all be made ahead and simply assembled when it’s dinnertime. Us moms…we’re always scheming.
Do you have a favourite meal-worthy salad? Do tell!