Classic BLT recipe with Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomatoes with Boiled Eggs, Avocado and delicious homemade Vinaigrette
8 Slices Smoked Bacon (or more)
4 cups Butterhead Lettuce/Boston Lettuce (or any on hand)
1/2 Avocado per person
1-2 eggs per person
1 1/5 tbsp. Lemon Juice
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Chili Flakes
Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
A pinch or two Toasted Sesame Seeds
Preheat oven to 400F/180C
Lay the bacon on a sheet pan and bake for about 15-17 minutes until the bacon is really crispy. Dry on the kitchen paper towels lined up on the large platter or a tray.
Meanwhile, boil eggs. You can make them hard boiled eggs or soft. Cook the eggs for 5 minutes for a softer yolk. If I am cooking 6 eggs or more, I use a large pot with a fitting lid, however, if I have 2-3 eggs usually I use a smaller saucepan that all the eggs could cook properly. Now, cook 5 minutes for a very runny yolk or up to 8 minutes for almost set yolk. Also, I always add about 1-2 teaspoons of salt into boiling water.
So, boil, add salt, cover and let it cook for 5 minutes for soft. Do the same just leave for 8-10 minutes for barely soft to a firmer yolk. Drain hot water out and add cold water – ice cold water would work the best. Let it sit in that water for about 10 minutes, then gently peel boiled eggs. It always peels perfectly.
Mix the dressing in a glass jar. Close the jar with a fitted lid and shake. Set aside. You can mix it in the bowl as well, it’s just easier doing it in the jar.
Combine lettuce and tomatoes; wash and pat dry lettuce (you may roughly chop it), slice tomatoes and drizzle dressing over it. Toss it gently in a large salad bowl.
At this point bacon should be crispy, so using your hand just break into pieces. You may use more bacon if you wish. I use 2 slices per person.
Using 4 bowls, arrange lettuce and tomatoes in each bowl equally.
Slice boiled peeled eggs and add a couple on the side of lettuce and tomatoes.
Slice Avocado and set on the side of the eggs, lettuce and tomatoes.
Drizzle more dressing if any leftover, if there is none left, then just lightly drizzle whole bowl with olive oil or oil that you prefer. Add more salt if you wish. You got to always taste it and see if it’s up to your prefernces.
Add bacon on top of lettuce and tomatoes and garnish with capers and toasted sesame seeds, maybe a bit more oregano.
You may use any DRESSING that you like!!! You do not have to stick to this one. Just because I like it, does not mean that you all going to like my choice of dressing. So use what you like or have on hand.
You can make a larger portion of this salad for more people or just use for one, which means, 1 cup or more lettuce, 1 tomato (more if they’re smaller), and about 2 slices of bacon per person (or more if you are like my family).
Recipe provided courtesy of Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.