Want to enjoy some of your favorite foods (cough Bacon, cough) without all the guilt? Thanks to Cooking Light you can enjoy the delicious taste of your favorite foods in a healthier, lighter way! If you’re a bacon lover, you must check this BLT Panzanella Salad out. It’s packed with flavor, it’s light and fresh, it’s perfect for summer and and it’s a salad (that automatically means it’s better for you right??). That’s my justification and I’m sticking with it.
For this recipe you’ll need: 1 tbsp. unsalted butter; 3 oz. Italian bread, trimmed and cut into pieces; 4 large ripe heirloom tomatoes; 1 c. small cherry tomatoes, halved; 1/8 tsp. salt; 3/4 tsp. pepper; 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar; 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil; 1 cup baby arugula; 3 tbsp. canola mayonnaise; 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice; 2 tsp. minced, fresh chives; 1/4 basil leaves; and 3 pieces of smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled.
First, melt the butter over medium-high heat; add bread and saute for 5 minutes or until crispy; remove from heat and stir in corn. Next, sprinkle tomatoes with a dash of salt and pepper, and let stand for 5 minutes. Then, combine salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil in a large bowl. Add bread mixture and arugula. Toss to coat. Next, combine mayo, lemon juice and chives in a small bowl. Finally, add tomatoes and drizzle with mayo mixture. Sprinkle with basil and crumbled bacon. Voila, there you have it, a delicious salad that takes no time to make!
Now, there’s no need to deny your cravings–this recipe will definitely satisfy your bacon-lover taste buds. Check this recipe out, and let me know what you think! But until next time, keep eating!