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BLT Salad Recipe with Ranch Dressing

and feta cheese, avocado slices, and black olives.

A flay lay of of the BLT salad with ranch dressing on a tabletop.

I hate making salads. I just don’t have the creativity to make a salad delicious enough, especially if it’s a side salad. This BLT salad recipe is simple, quick to make, and a perfect side salad for a family style meal. I have to admit that I did make this BLT salad recipe and ate it for lunch, but I found it to be better paired with the main dish.

Growing up on a tropical island certainly puts a dent into your knowledge of fruits and vegetable. Since most “popular” fruits and vegetable have to be imported, they are too expensive for the average household. My mom did her best to always feed me my veggies, but it wasn’t until I moved to Europe that I really started discovering the different fruits and vegetables of the world.

A front view of of the BLT salad with a white background.

I used to live on the edge of the downtown area and on walking distance from the local farmer’s market. Every Friday morning I used to walk to the market to buy some fruits and vegetables. Since the farmer’s market was much cheaper than the grocery store, I mostly made salads using affordable goodies that I got at the farmer’s market. That was until I made a salad using iceberg lettuce and pear. It was nothing like this BLT salad recipe. It was the worse thing I have ever ate and I kept eating it until I started getting gag reflex. You see, I’m that person who keeps eating just so I don’t have to throw food away. I hate throwing food away. Anyways, ever since that day every time I hear salad, all I can think about is that disgusting flavor and the feeling comes creeping all back again.

While I can often put that feeling behind me, it always stops me from creating my own salads. Fabian made this one, and I’m so happy he did. It was absolutely delicious. Plus, I truly believe this BLT salad recipe can be a great way to make a dish extra special when entertaining at home. Can you imagine putting different dishes on the table and creating this BLT salad recipe to combine the food with? I certainly do

BLT Salad Recipe with Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
A delicious BLT salad recipe with ranch dressing. A perfect side salad for a dinner party to give that extra touch of special.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 175 gr bacon strips trimmed of all fat
  • 1000 gr mixed salad lettuce leaves
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp black olives
  • 170 gr feta cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 80 ml ranch dressing
Instructions
  1. Fry the bacon, in a non-stick pan, until it's crispy over medium-high heat.

  2. Add in a large salad bowl the mixed salad and sprinkle with olive oil, minced garlic and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. Toss to combine and coat. 

  3. Top the mixed salad with the bacon, tomatoes, avocado slices, red onion, and black olives. Top it all off with crumbled feta cheese, sprinkle with 2 tsp Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and ranch dressing

A top view of the BLT salad without the ranch dressing.