Saturday, July 21, 2012

BLT salad

this morning we got up early-ish and went in search of the nearest farmer's market. we've been out of town a bunch so we thought we could get to know our new corner of the delta a little better.
we went the wrong directions and then made it back to greenville for their market just in time to buy some beautiful cherry and pear tomatoes, some speckled butter beans, and lady peas.
the tomatoes were too small for a BLT sandwich, so tonight for dinner we made the next best thing... a BLT salad. ;) something about the lemon juice, garlic, and mayonnaise in the dressing was the perfect combination... boone had thirds. if you find yourself wanting something easy and summery, this adaptation of a southern living recipe might be just the ticket.

What you Need:
1.5 quarts cherry, pear, or other tiny tomatoes
1/4 Cup hellman's mayonnaise (don't you dare substitute with ANYTHING but homemade)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper 
1 garlic clove
1/2 yellow onion
1/2 head of green leaf lettuce

What to Do:
first, slice your the tomatoes in half, lengthwise using a serrated knife. if you don't have a tomato knife, you should seriously consider investing in one since it makes things in summertime so. much. better. did i live without this thing?

crush the garlic into a paste, and slice the onions into thin ribbons. cook the bacon in a skillet until it's crispy and brown. Once the bacon is ready, drain it using paper towels. Now comes the healthiest part...cook the onions in the bacon drippings until they're translucent. i know... my weight watchers' commitment isn't looking so good right now. don't judge me. ;)

mash the garlic clove into a paste using the flat side of a knife or a garlic press. combine with the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and lemon juice to make the tangy dressing.

 combine the bacon, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, then mix in the dressing. voila! a light, delishy summer salad.


  1. Now this is my kind of salad. I want it. Your photos really captured the "pop" in the color of those tomatoes. Beautiful!