Easy BLT Salad

This make-ahead recipe is a favorite side-dish salad for summer potlucks and picnics. Layers of lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, and dressing are stacked in a bowl and kept in the refrigerator until dinner time.

Easy BLT Salad
Chill 2 hrs Cook 6 mins


  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • 2 large heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried and cut into bite-sized pieces (about 16 cups)
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (1-1/2 pounds), cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup whipped salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip)
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning mix (such as Mrs. Dash)

Make It

1. Cook bacon in a large skillet about 6 minutes, until crispy. Drain on paper towels; crumble when cool.

2. Place half of the lettuce in a 14- to 16-cup salad or trifle bowl. Sprinkle half of the tomato pieces and half of the crumbled bacon over the lettuce. Press to compress ingredients.

3. Spread half of the salad dressing over the top. Sprinkle with half the seasoning mix. Repeat layering with remaining lettuce, tomato (reserving some for garnish), bacon and dressing. Sprinkle top with remaining seasoning and reserved tomato. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.