Remember those BLT fresh rolls? All the flavours of your classic BLT sandwich rolled up into one perfect summer bite. Man I miss those…and summer.
Well, it seems we have a thing for BLTs. Or more likely, we have a thing for bacon. Who doesn’t?
If you’re trying to sell a huge platter of kale salad to some skeptical friends, one sure way to get them to try it is top it with bacon.
As dietitians, yes we think you should eat your vegetables, but we think you should eat vegetables that taste good. And let’s be honest, plain ‘ol boiled brussels sprouts aren’t winning any awards. Now roast those brussels sprouts with some bacon – you’re in business! You should eat food that is satisfying and flavourful, not just because you think you should eat it because it’s so-called “good for you.”
Like this salad. If there is a more satisfying salad out there, I challenge you to show it to me! But, if we’re being honest, I originally made this recipe with turkey bacon while Erin tested it with real-deal pork product. Pork products are a ‘no-no’ in my kosher household (which is probably why whenever I see the real deal on a breakfast buffet, I load up!). Nonetheless, turkey bacon worked splendidly – which means you really have no excuse not to try this salad.
Salmon and bacon are a match made in heaven. And you’ve got all the components of your traditional BLT in a weeknight AND dinner party friendly salad. Croutons, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo based dressing, and we’ve thrown in some avocado for good measure. This meal also falls in the ‘deconstructed dinner’ category. When I served it up for my family, I left some croutons, tomatoes, salmon, bacon, and avocado on the side so the kids could pick and choose what they wanted to eat. That way we are all still eating the same thing, it just may look a little different. This is one of our biggest tips for serving family friendly meals – you won’t find any short order cooks here.
The dressing and croutons can all be make ahead of time, whenever you are getting your weekend meal prep on. In fact, you could even cook up the salmon and bacon a day ahead, chop up all your veggies, and all you have to do the night of is throw it in a bowl. Easy as pie.
So what’s for dinner tonight in your house? I know what I’m having!