A tasty salad version of the classic BLT is perfect for a casual dinner


Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad

4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1/4 tsp salt
Pinch freshly ground pepper
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
4 to 6 slices lean side bacon, sliced in

1/2-inch pieces

6 to 8 cups bite-sized pieces romaine lettuce
4 green onions, trimmed, thinly sliced
1 cup croutons

For dressing, combine oil, vinegar, chopped basil, salt and pepper.

Toss 1 tablespoon of dressing with tomatoes. Set aside.

In skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Toss lettuce with remaining dressing and arrange on 4 plates. Scatter tomatoes, onions, bacon and croutons over top. Garnish with basil sprigs.

Makes 4 servings.

Wine serving suggestion: A good match for this main-course idea is a Sauvignon Blanc

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