Layered California-Style BLT Salad

This make-and-take favorite complete with layers of bacon, greens, and tomatoes will be the first to go at any party.

Layered California-Style BLT Salad
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 12 ounce packages applewood-smoked bacon

  • 1 Recipe Garlicky Focaccia Croutons

  • 4 cup shredded romaine lettuce

  • 4 cup baby spinach leaves

  • 6 medium red and/or yellow heirloom tomatoes, cored, quartered, and sliced 1/2 inch thick (3 cups)

  • 1 Recipe Dilled Avocado Dressing

Dilled Avocado Dressing

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and mashed (about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh dill

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Garlicky Focaccia Croutons

  • 3 cup 1/2-inch cubes garlic foccacia

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a very large skillet cook bacon in batches over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; when cool, coarsely crumble or chop bacon. Set aside.

  2. In the bottom of a 3- to 4-quart glass bowl, arrange half of the Garlicky Focaccia Croutons. Top with half of the romaine and half of the spinach. Top with half of the tomato slices and half of the bacon. Spread half of the Dilled Avocado Dressing over the bacon, sealing dressing to the edge of the bowl. Repeat layers, ending with the dressing. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for up to 8 hours.

Dilled Avocado Dressing

  1. In a blender or food processor combine the avocado, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, fresh dill, milk, garlic salt, and ground black pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

Garlicky Focaccia Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl combine foccacia and olive oil; toss to coat. Spread bread cubes evenly in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until cubes are crisp, stirring once; cool. If desired, store croutons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Lighten Up:

For a lighter recipe, use reduced-fat versions of the mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk in the dressing.

Show Off:

Before serving, peel, halve, and pit two avocados. Cut each half into 4 to 6 wedges and place on top of salad. If desired, brush avocados with lemon juice to keep them brightly colored.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
44g Fat
11g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 614mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 19.5mg 97%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 591mg 13%
Folate, total 88.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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