Sunday, October 12, 2014

"BLT" Salad

(Shout out to @Organicville and @lightlife whose's products make an appearance in the #Recipe)

I love to cook for people.  Especially people who are always willing to try something new! Saturday was the perfect opportunity.  Naturally I made my Mac n(o) Cheese (it's always a huge hit for newbies!) but I needed a side dish to go with it.  Something light... But tasty--hehehe get it? TASTY Kaiti's... haha I crack myself up :-)

Anyyyyways.... Salad is always a go to for me. (I eat salad almost everyday... even did so before going vegan.) So why should this night be any different?  Since I was cooking for someone who eats meat I wanted to make sure they felt like they were eating something "normal".  So I turned one of my favorite sandwiches into our salad.  It was super yummy and definitely a salad I will make again and again... and again!  

You've gotta TASTE THIS "BLT Chopped Salad!" 
(serves 4 as a side and 2 for dinner)

For the Salad:
1 head Boston Bibb Lettuce 
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1 package (yes package) Lightlife "Fakin' Bacon", cooked according to the package and chopped
2 green onions, chopped 
Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch Dressing 
Salt and Pepper
Sourdough Croutons (Recipes Follows)
**I also added sunflower sprouts to the salad when I made it. I love the addition of them in a salad or on a sandwich!**

For the salad:
Tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces. Top with tomatoes, green onions, and tempeh bacon pieces.

Drizzle with Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch.  Add croutons and season with salt and pepper.

For the Croutons: You've gotta have great croutons for a salad based off of a sandwich!
Sourdough Bread, sliced (you'll need 1-2 slices for this salad. I always make extra to eat as a snack)
Olive Oil
Granulated garlic

To make the croutons: Add olive oil to a saut√© pan and heat over medium heat. (You need enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan.) Add the slices of sourdough, turning once immediately so both sides get coated in oil.  

Reduce heat to med-low and cook until lightly browned. Flip and cook other side until lightly browned. Remove from heat and sprinkle with granulated garlic.  And cut into crouton sized pieces.


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