BLT Spinach Salad with Fresh Garlic Dill Dressing

May 31, 2012
BLT Spinach Salad with Fresh Garlic Dill Dressing | Fake Food Free

As much as I love a tasty whole grain, I am aware when I have a few too many grains in my diet. Once spring race training comes to an end, it’s time to slow down on the bread and oatmeal, and replace them with more fruits and veggies. I have to say the timing couldn’t be better as the garden starts to come around.

I love BLTs and this salad is a great option when you’d rather skip the sandwich part. It’s also a good way to use up some of the fresh herbs from the herb garden!

BLT Spinach Salad with Fresh Garlic Dill Dressing | Fake Food Free
BLT Spinach Salad with Fresh Garlic Dill Dressing
Makes: 2 servings
2 medium tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
1 cup lettuce (any variety), finely chopped
5 sweet basil leaves, chopped
4 pieces bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (preferably local, pastured)
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp water (optional, to thin yogurt if necessary)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
Pinch of salt and black pepper
Cut the tops off the tomatoes and gently scrape out some of the inside of the tomato with a spoon to create a bowl for the salad. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, lettuce, basil and bacon.
In a small food processor, combine the yogurt, water, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper. Process until garlic is finely chopped. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
Place half of the salad into each tomato. Serve immediately. 
BLT Spinach Salad with Fresh Garlic Dill Dressing | Fake Food Free

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  • Emily in Chile May 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This is such a cute idea! Love the presentation.

  • Angie's Recipes May 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    These tomato salad cups are so pretty!

  • Katie June 1, 2012 at 4:03 am

    These look gorgeous–almost too pretty to eat! I love everything about this recipe. I must give this a try soon!

  • Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits June 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I stuff tomato cups with chicken salad and shrimp salad. A BLT salad makes perfect sense! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Andrea June 1, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Oh winner winner! Those look so yummy!

  • Katie June 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

    These are adorable! What a perfect summer party food.

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) June 1, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Such a good idea Lori! In my mind, you’ve kept the best parts of the BLT anyway!

  • Jenn June 1, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I love the idea of using tomatoes as salad “bowls”!

  • Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

    These are adorable, and I can’t wait to try these! Great for summer.

  • Digigirl June 1, 2012 at 8:08 am

    These look delicious AND beautiful. I love, love, love tomatoes, so it’s right up my alley. I know just what you mean about too many grains – even though they’re whole, we’ve just got too many in the diet! Thanks for the lovely new idea. 🙂

  • Peggy G. June 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These are gorgeous! I love that the salad is loaded in that beautiful tomato =) Great idea Lori!

  • Joanne June 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I never really think I’m influenced THAT much by training but my carb intake does drastically decrease when I’m not…I just stop craving them! I adore stuffed veggies and that filling sounds majorly delicious.

  • OysterCulture June 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Love this idea, and i am with you on too many grains. Although, in my defense in a city with great bakeries, what is a girl to do? This salad looks like a good way to correct the situation.

  • Lori June 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Emily – Thanks so much!

    Angie – Thank you!

    Katie – Thanks! I hope you like them! Super simple.

    Jackie – You can fill them with just about anything! 🙂

    Andrea – Thanks! They were tasty.

    Katie – Thanks!

    Emily – I agree!

    Jenn – Always good when the dinnerware is edible. 🙂

    Haley – Thanks! Hope you like them!

    Digigirl – Sometimes I definitely need to cut back. I love tomatoes too!

    Peggy – Thanks so much!

    Joanne – I’m just the opposite. Crave them like crazy when I’m training. Then it carries over when I’m not burning them off. 🙂

    OysterCulture – Great bakeries pose a serious problem. Ha, ha! 🙂