About Chicken BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Behold! The delicious bowl of chicken BLT salad (complete with homemade buttermilk dressing) before you is officially the second salad I’ve posted on this little food blog!
That’s right, it’s only my second salad in almost two years of recipes.
And it should probably come as no surprise that I’m excited about a salad that essentially a BLT without bread.
I’m not sure what that says about me, other than maybe I clearly love sugar and bread and bacon and chicken. Which, okay – I fully admit that I do love those things. But it’s not that I dislike salads, although I’ll fully admit that they’re more The Husband’s “thing” than mine.
It’s just that, to me, salads are all about the dressing. Sure, the right combination of savory and sweet and texture and crunch are good to have, but if the dressing isn’t on point, then neither is the salad. And I guess that’s the source of my struggle. As I write this, I currently only have one good dressing recipe up my sleeve.
… Which just so happens to be this delicious buttermilk salad dressing.
While we’re on the topic of salads, I have another confession: I’m usually not a fan of croutons.
And I know. I know. Who in their right mind could dislike a tiny bite of crispy, flavorful bread? Apparently, this girl can, and it’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Whenever The Husband and I are out to dinner and we order salads with our meal, we begin picking apart our bowls as soon as it hits the table: he would toss all of his tomatoes and cucumbers my way while I’d give him all the croutons. I always thought I was getting the better end of the deal in that exchange.
However, now I’m proud to say I love croutons… but only a certain type of crouton.
As in, the homemade type.
As in, the ones I make.
Okay, so I only love the croutons that I make, but they’re simple and flavorful and so much better than anything you can get in a restaurant. Even The Husband, lover of All Things Crouton, told me so.
Another perk of this recipe? It is a salad, yes, so it comes with some inherit “healthiness” – but it’s also wholesome, flavorful, and filling.
The dressing certainly couldn’t be considered healthy, but if you can get away with 1-3 tablespoons per bowl, you’ll still get plenty of flavor without all the guilt.
And if it wasn’t already apparent, this chicken BLT salad is just the beginning of my attempt to eat a little more healthy. By no means will this blog ever become all about healthy food, but I might start posting a few lighter snacks and meal hacks to make it easier to get through the day without gorging on junk food 24/7.
I mean, it was either make some healthy recipes or go out and buy new pants.
Between you and me, cooking and eating sounds like a lot more fun.
notes & tips for this chicken BLT salad
- As mentioned above, while this buttermilk salad dressing isn’t exactly “healthy,” if you limit the amount used per salad (1-3 tablespoons) this could still be a sensible lunch option.
- This recipe is also perfect for using up leftover rotisserie chicken.
- If you like salads, be sure to check out this recipe for Strawberry Caprese Chicken Salad. It’s a favorite at my house!
- If you have extra buttermilk in your fridge that needs to be used, check out Buttermilk Brined Cornish Hens or Buttermilk Biscuits.
More great chicken recipes
Chicken BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
This BLT without bread has chicken, leafy greens, plump tomatoes, crispy bacon, and homemade buttery croutons covered with a rich buttermilk salad dressing.
Place cubed white bread in a large bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or to taste) then drizzle melted butter on top, tossing bread gently with a spatula to coat. Arrange buttered bread on the prepared baking sheet, spreading out into an even layer.
- Bake croutons for 7-8 minutes, then set aside to cool.
While croutons cook, add minced shallot and apple cider vinegar to a medium bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Next, add buttermilk, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, granulated sugar, and remaining salt and pepper (to taste) to bowl and whisk until smooth.
- To assemble salad, layer chopped lettuce, then chicken, bacon, tomatoes, croutons, and drizzle dressing on top. Serve remaining dressing on the side.
Recipe adapted from MyRecipes.com.