BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

BLT Salad for dinner tonight! Make with ripe tomatoes, crispy bacon, green beans, and sweet corn.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings


For the dressing:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced chives

For the salad:

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 pound green beans, preferably haricots verts, ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 to 4 heirloom tomatoes of varying colors, sliced into thick rounds
  • 2 medium ripe avocadoes, sliced
  • Kernels from 2 medium ears of cooked corn (about 2 cups)
  • Leaves from 1 head Boston lettuce, or salad greens of your choice


1 Make the dressing: In a bowl, combine shallots, salt, pepper, vinegar, and lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes to tame the raw flavor of the shallots.

Whisk in the buttermilk and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the chives.

BLT Salad

2 Cook the bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

3 Cook the green beans: Fill a bowl with ice water and set it near the stove. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil.

Add the beans to the boiling water. Let the water return to a boil and then cook for 4 minutes, or until tender. With a slotted spoon or spider, transfer the beans to the bowl of ice water. Swish around in the cold water for 1 minute.

With a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the olive oil and salt to taste. Toss together.

BLT Salad

4 Assemble the salad: On one big platter or on 4 individual plates, arrange the lettuce leaves. Arrange tomato and avocado slices on top of the lettuce. Place the green beans around the salad and top with the bacon.

Drizzle the salad with the dressing, or serve the dressing on the side. Sprinkle the salad with more salt and pepper, if you like.

BLT Salad

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  • Ala

    This is a wonderful salad! I replaced the regular bacon with turkey bacon, and also tried it with and without avocado. Both times it tasted really good. The best part of this salad is its dressing – the best dressing I have ever had! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!


  • Teresa

    Made this for dinner tonight using our garden tomatoes. DELICIOUS!!! If I could just find really delicious Minnesota corn here in Seattle, it would have been perfect! Thank you for a recipe to use the freshest ingredients of summer and it was so vibrant and colorful. Will make again.


  • Elan

    Really good salad! Would be great to entertain with in the summer. Prep took a while, but you could take some shortcuts if you were short on time.


  • Elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots

    Wow! This looks so yummy, and those big yellow tomatoes are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing- can’t wait to try this!

  • Steve

    I will try this and add my twist of grilled watermelon to the pallet.

  • Patricia Seaton

    This sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

    I think this salad looks absolutely divine! Bacon must be everyone’s love language. BLT’s are good, but I like this low-carb spin with no bread needed. Nifty. Will be trying this on my family this week. Thanks Sally for the inspiration. And Elisse, I really like your new pic!