5/23/12

BLT Salad

I don't have a photo of this one because when I threw it together a couple weeks ago I was just winging it and didn't use a recipe.  However!  I wanted to get it typed out into my site as I use my own website to browse my personal files and brainstorm 'what's for dinner'.

My family loves BLT's.  We love bacon pretty much in any form, but BLT's are just the perfect quick, light meal when it's a hot summer day and we are hungry but don't want something heavy.  This salad uses the idea behind a BLT but is even lighter without toast/bread.  I added croutons for the crunch.  This one is easy to make 'low carb' if you need to by leaving out the pasta and croutons.  


BLT Salad

Cooked and diced or chopped chicken breasts - about 1 1/2 or 2 cups
Cooked and crumbled bacon - about 3/4 cup (6-8 slices)
1 c pasta (mini shells, bow ties or rotini are all good but any kind will do) - cooked and drained
1/2 c chopped onion (I like yellow as they aren't as strong)
1 tomato, chopped or diced
(My daughter will say to add some ranch dressing to this instead of plain mayo.  We do both)
3/4 c mayonnaise (play with the amount)
Salt and pepper to taste
Lettuce
Croutons


Mix everything together except the lettuce leaves and croutons.  Serve the salad on a large lettuce leaf and top with crunchy croutons. 

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