BLC Salad

No that isn’t a typo. I really did mean BLC. Bacon. Lettuce, or romaine to be specific. Cheese and chicken. NO tomatoes. They’re not allowed anywhere near my salads. Or any food for that matter.

Today I made a delicious salad. Those words rarely belong in the same sentence but on occasion they truly do. I just happened to have ingredients that needed to be used. It was clearly meant to be! I actually made a similar salad many summers ago and have been meaning to recreate it, but well… you know how that goes. Life goes on and you forget. Other things get in the way. Sometimes those other things are more delicious food. Sometimes it’s kids making a mess, including on your walls with crayons. It happens.

Today everything came together. Maybe not the weather. But the planets had aligned for me to make this salad. Ingredients and sleeping or behaving children!

If you like bacon, cheese and chicken this is a must make. And really, who doesn’t like bacon? Or Cheese? Or even chicken? It’s simple and tasty. Okay it takes a bit of prep time but not an insane amount. A totally reasonable amount considering what goes into this salad. I don’t care if you claim to not like salads. You’ll like this one. And you know what, you could even turn this into a wrap if you so choose! But DO make it a wrap with all of the ingredients… romaine and all! I’ll have to dig through my pantry and see if I have a leftover wrap. If I do – that’s absolutely how I’ll be eating the rest of this salad.

Yield: Will serve roughly 2-3. Adjust amounts as needed.

BLC Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 pkg Romaine lettuce (or 1-2 romaine hearts chopped)
1/2 C cheese, shredded (I used Monterey Jack and a mild cheddar mix)
1 pkg bacon
1 chicken breast
2 tbsp olive oil
Croutons
Salad dressing of your choosing (I used light Italian)

Directions:

Prepare chicken by trimming away any fat and pounding it down into an even thickness. Sprinkle one side of breast with pepper and salt. Heat a large skillet with roughly 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. When skillet is warm, place chicken seasoning side down into pan. Immediately sprinkle unseasoned side with pepper and salt. Cover with a splatter screen or lid. Cook for aproximately 3 minutes before checking and flipping. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Time will depend greatly on the thickness of your meat. This is just a rough guide. At this point you may want to remove the chicken and slice into it to check the inside for color. Any pink? Continue cooking. Transfer to a plate to cool in the fridge.

Use the same warm pan for your bacon. I sliced my strips in half so they would fit better. There is a science to cooking bacon. Cook on one side for a minute or two before flipping. Continue cooking for an additional minute or two. Eyeball it. Does it look just undercooked? If so, remove it to a paper towel lined plate. Bacon will continue to cook after being removed from the pan. If you remove it when it looks done, it'll really be overdone. Repeat process with any remaining bacon strips. Pat with paper towels to remove excess grease. Chop into small to medium sized pieces.

Gather all ingredients: chopped bacon, chopped romain, shredded cheese, croutons, cooled chicken and dressing if desired. Slice chicken into bite size pieces. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together (reserving the dressing). I'm more of a let the individual add their desired dressing amount than coat a large batch. Plus that way the salad will stay fresh longer. Always add dressing last. Divide among plates or bowls and enjoy.

If you'd like to offer a vegetarian version of this to your guests, or for yourself, simply substitute the bacon for bacos or imitation bacon. Same goes for the chicken - tofu or imitation chicken could be used.

 



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29 Responses to “BLC Salad”

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    What do you have against tomatoes!?! :-) I’m not going to lie, though, I think you have a great meal with this recipe.

    • Rachel — June 13th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

      I really just don’t like them. I’m allowed lol. The rest of the salad totally makes up for it right? :) For a crowd I’d definitely add in cherry tomatoes, just never for me personally.

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    Ah, tomatoes. I love them, but Hubby says he can’t tell if they’re coming or going. Refuses to eat them as well. This is a salad he’d smile at and agree with. I’ll be giving it a try on him. Many thanks!

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    Raquel @ Erecipe.com — June 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    usually I made my salad with tomato and onion , I love the combination of that 2 =)

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    Tiffany — June 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Yes, you are allowed to not like tomatoes, there’s just more for the rest of us! Actually I like them on everything except pizza, can’t stand them! This salad looks delicious just the way it is!

    • Rachel — June 14th, 2011 @ 8:54 am

      Tiffany – I’m totally okay with others getting my portion of tomatoes. There is bound to be something others don’t want that I can have their portion of in exchange ;)

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — June 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    My hubby would agree with you on tomato part..he is always picking them off:)) Your salad look fantastic..I love the ingredients!!!

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    Kate@Diethood — June 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I looove tomatoes! Half of my garden is tomatoes. :)
    I love this salad… especially the bacon bit! ;-)

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 13, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Even though I love tomatoes, this version sounds really satisfying too. I’d love if you’d consider entering this in the Get Grillin’ & summer bbq event I’m hosting right now (it’s side dish week).

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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — June 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This looks yummy, but yeah, I’d be tossing in the tomatoes, too :) Nothing like a good salad for the summer!

    • Rachel — June 14th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

      You’re allowed :)

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — June 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I like tomatoes, but in my opinion bacon > tomatoes always!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

    My sister used to hate tomatoes and just recently decided she loved them. Maybe one day you will convert:-)

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    Tina@flourtrader — June 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Salad ingredients are a matter of taste and I like that this is not loaded down with a lot of veggies and makes for a meal. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Looks delish! Although I would throw tomatoes all over it! :)

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    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — June 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    A delicious salad is a thing of beauty. If i have the right combo of cheese, lettuce, little meat, and TOMATOES then I’m not even tempted to add croutons. Then I can have a cookie for dessert :]

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — June 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Totally not a tomato person, so the “C” sub is perfect!!

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    Heather — June 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    What a fun Salad!

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    Elle — June 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    What a tasty looking salad! I also hate it when I want to make something and time goes on and I completely forget!

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    Veronica Gantley — June 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Now that is my kind of salad. Yum! Pass the ranch dressing!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I always put tomatoes on the side b/c people have such strong opinions about the poor things! lol Yummy salad!

    • Rachel — June 14th, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      Aww that’s so kind of you ;) Not everyone thinks of things like that lol

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    Liz — June 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    What a yummy salad! I don’t think it even needs tomatoes :)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

    sounds like a great salad!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I recently made BLT salads…next time I’m adding chicken! Yum!

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    jessi — June 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    oh thank goodness! someone else who dislikes tomatoes as much as i do! this salad sounds yummy. i think i am going to try it with a honey mustard dressing.

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    Sandra — June 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    This, is, a must make!

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    kita — June 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Finally!! Someone like me! I hate (uncooked) tomatoes! They are not allowed anyone near my salads and I love the crazy looks when I ask for a BL… No one gets it. >.<!

    • Rachel — June 21st, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

      I totally understand – we could be no tomato buddies at restaurants :)

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