BLT Salad with Avocado and Blue Cheese

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This is a delicious salad version of a classic sandwich. I layer red grape tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and blue cheese on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Top it off with a delicious drizzle of Lemon Vinaigrette and lunch is ready.

 

We’ve been sitting out on the deck drinking an adult version of my Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. I add a little Cîroc coconut vodka and it is amazing!

The last few days have been beautiful around here and outdoors has been our favorite place to be. It is perfect! The birds are singing their songs and we are enjoying the warm sun.

 

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I look up into the trees as a gust of wind comes in. I see a big cloud of dirt blowing. It only took me a couple of seconds to register the dirt is pollen. The wind kicks up and now big clouds of yellow are flying in the air.

You know those scary movies where you see someone with a frightened expression running away from something? If you can picture that, that was me. Sore muscles and all, I jump up and run towards the door.

I have horrible allergies and that pollen is my enemy. My daily allergy meds don’t stand a chance against all that fresh pollen.

 

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I should have taken a picture to show you. Everything, and I mean everything has been covered in a blanket of yellow for days.  I’ve never hoped for rain as badly as now.

 

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Thankfully, my prayers were answered and we have gotten rain the past two days.  Around here, rain also means cooler temperatures.

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I don’t know if I will ever get use to our Colorado weather.  I go from shorts and flip-flops back to jeans and long sleeved shirts. I had this grand plan of moving my winter clothes to another closet, but now I’m thinking that would be a mistake.

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Even with these grey, cold days, we can still bring some summer in with food.  Remember my Lemon Vinaigrette? Yes, well this is the salad that we enjoyed that with.

This salad is incredible! It is super easy to throw together and is full of fresh flavors.

We’ve taken the BLT sandwich and turned it into a salad! We layered, bacon, red grape tomatoes, creamy avocado, and blue cheese on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce.  Finish it off with a delicious drizzle of my Lemon Vinaigrette and you have one colorful fresh meal.

 

 

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BLT Salad with Avocado and Blue Cheese
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 4 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 16 grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup reduced fat blue cheese, crumbled
  • Lemon Vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Divide lettuce among 4 plates.
  2. Add 1 piece of bacon, 8 tomato halves, 2 tbsp avocado, and 1 tbsp blue cheese on top of each plate of salad.
  3. Serve with lemon vinaigrette and enjoy.

 

 

Comments

  1. This salad looks beautiful Cindy! And that warm weather sounds divine! I never get tired of nice weather. But, as you know, we don’t have a lot of it around here either – we get so much rain! I guess that’s good for your allergies though! :-)

    • Thanks Kristi! The weather has been wonderful. My daughter isn’t too happy about the recent cold weather. This morning it is 37 degrees outside. She’s all bundled up and cold. I said love it. We could be sweating in Texas. Haha

  2. That pollen cloud sounds like a nightmare! I’ve been having such bad allergies lately because it has been so windy around here and it just blows everything into my nose. I’m so glad you were able to get away from it! I’m so jealous of your cool temperatures right now, I wish I lived in CO! However, this salad looks like the perfect meal for the hot summer days we are having! I love the idea of ditching the bread and making the BLT into a salad, wish I had this for lunch today!

    • This pollen has me afraid to go outside. It just covers everything. I’m now taking a benedryl in addition to my regular stuff.
      I love this salad! I’m not a big sandwich eater and could seriously eat salads everyday.

  3. simple and delicious Cindy, love this quick and easy solution for a Monday :)

  4. I love BLTs, the first couple really good garden fresh tomatoes of the year are dedicated to them! This salad looks fantastic! I love the lemon dressing, I wouldn’t have thought to use that flavor combo, but it looks so fresh!

    • I’d love to have a garden full of fresh tomatoes. Those are just the best tomatoes ever. The lemon vinaigrette is perfect ion this salad. It keeps it light and really pulls all the flavors together.

  5. I just find that bacon makes a salad for me. And avocados are such good fats, I don’t ditch those. Looks yummy!!

    • I love avocados! For too long everyone was so afraid to eat them because they are high fat. But their monounsaturated fats are good. Oh and a little bacon is super tasty. Moderation, right? Thanks Laura.

  6. Looks delicious! Love the addition of avocado, I can imagine this salad has a lovely array of textures and flavors. :)

  7. Bacon is such a treat – I love adding a few crumbles to salad. This looks great, Cindy! (And that coconut vodka in your strawberry lemonade? Yum too!)

    • Thanks Alyssa! The crumbled bacon is perfect! Not too much, but enough to have that great taste. I think I may have more lemonade than the kids now that I know how awesome it is as a cocktail :D

  8. This is such a great idea for a salad!

  9. Ugh pollen. I hate it. It’s covering everything by us too – I love using our screened in porch but I can’t when it’s as bad as it’s been lately : (

    But this salad looks great! I love BLTs and this is a great way to switch it up!

    • I seem to forget this happens every year. Worst part is you never really know when to expect that pollen build up. Thanks Ashely :D I love everything in this salad. It’s super satisfying.

  10. That pollen sounds awful! I’m so glad you got some rain. This salad is definitely a summer winner! Love the bright colours of all the additions, especially the avocados.

    • I’ve never been so happy to see rain. Most of the pollen got washed away, plus now the temps are nice and cool. Thanks Jessica. That creamy avocado is probably my favorite topping here.

  11. I love BLT anything, and this salad looks amazing, especially with that pop of lemon in the vinaigrette. Looks delicious, Cindy!

    • Thanks Marcie :D It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a BLT. I’m loving the avocado, blue cheese, and how the lemon ties it all together. It is just bright and flavorful :D

  12. I love when a great sandwich gets turned into a healthier salad I can feel good about devouring. I love the sound of the fixings with that lemon vinaigrette. I love lemon-everything!

    • I’m a bigger salad eater than sandwich eater. I love the diced pieces of avocado and chunks of blue cheese. They go perfectly with the bacon and tomatoes :D

  13. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    Awesome! You know I love salads, and this pretty much hits all the high notes … from fresh tomatoes to avocado to blue cheese … yum, yum, yum!!! Gorgeous! And I have to commiserate about that cloud of yellow pollen! We had a similar experience at my son’s lacrosse tourney a couple of weeks ago. The pine pollen was coming off the trees next to the field in thick clouds … everything was covered in yellow dust! Gahhhh! :D ~Shelley

    • Thanks! This is a really good combination of ingredients…if I do say so :D
      That pollen cloud sounds exactly the same Shelley, only mine is in my front and back yard. I guess that is the one downside to living in a forest of trees. I’m hoping it all clears up soon. I miss being able to sit outside.

  14. Yikes about all that pollen but glad you got some rain. And this salad looks fantastic Cindy! Love the colors and any salad that has avocado always gets my vote:) Top all this with that lemon dressing – this sounds like the ultimate summer salad!

    • Me too, Kelly! We still need some more. The rain we got created big puddles of pollen.
      Thanks Kelly! I love all the flavors of this salad.

  15. BLTs are one of my all-time favorite sandwiches, and I’m sure I would love it in salad version. Such a great idea! And this looks like a fantastic use for that fresh lemon vinaigrette of yours!

    And wow — that weather of yours sounds crazy! I hope you keep getting enough rain to keep the pollen at bay!

    • Thanks Jamie. I love a good salad and one that fills you up and leaves you feeling satisfied is the best. The lemon vinaigrette is delicious on this salad.

      Sadly, the even with the rain the pollen is still falling. Hopefully it clears up soon.

  16. Snow in June? Crazy! The salad looks perfect! Bacon and avocado always make me happy.

    • We have the causer weather ever. We use to live in Texas and it was always just crazy hot, but you knew what to expect. We love it here, but it is so unpredictable.
      Bacon and avocado make me happy too. Those salty, crunchy, creamy flavors and textures are wonderful :D

  17. I love this version of the BLT. I take homeopathic histamine complex for my allergies but I’m sure mine are milder than yours from your description :)

    • Thanks Tandy! I need to look into that. I try to use local honey to help desensitize to the allergens here but it takes so long. Last year this time I spent a week in bed because of allergy induced migraines! Definitely isn’t fun.

  18. Oh your poor allergies! Luckily you got some relief with some rain. This salad sounds delicious!

  19. I’m sorry about your allergies.. I know how stinky they can be! Virtual hugs!

    This salad looks awesome!

  20. So sorry for your allergies…
    Love so much avocado and blue cheese. Perfect combination ;-)

  21. What a gorgeous salad! I love every bit of it! Sorry about your allergies…my family suffers this time of year, too.

  22. BLT and blue cheese is one of my favorite combinations! This looks wonderful, delicious, and very much appropriate for the Summer season!

    • Thanks Julia! I love blue cheese on just about anything, so it seemed appropriate to add to this add. I love the extra flavor it brings to this salad.

  23. Amazing combination of flavours here. I love adding avocado to my BLT, but I hadn’t thought of blue cheese too. I will be making this soon.

  24. That lemon vinaigrette sounds fabulous and bacon, avocado, and blue cheese is one of my favorite combinations. Yum!

  25. A quick, delicious, and filling salad is one of my favorite summer meals. I totally agree, toss a little avocado and or bacon on something and it just become better :D

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