Recipe Box, Stacked Tomato Salad

This is my version of Caprese Salad.   Tomato slices layered with bacon and drizzled with homemade Buttermilk Bleu Cheese on a blanket of fresh crispy greens~

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This bleu cheese dressing is thin rather than thick, so it drizzles beautifully.

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I made it with some of my homemade Garlic Oil

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But any good olive oil will do.  It’s so simple, buttermilk, bleu cheese, lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings.  This recipe comes from Food Network’s Tyler Florence.  I added some light sour cream also because mine was just a little too runny.

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I started to photograph outside but it was soooooo humid.  We have had like 25 feet of rain this summer, so when the sun does shine the humidity is about 1000%. You think I’m kidding? Nope

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My camera was not adapting well…I wanted to show you my crazy hydrangeas

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I currently have 3 of the biggest fattest blooms you have ever seen, but no others.  When I get a bloom it’s oversized and magnificent, but they are few and far between.  So far our garden has yielded 3 okra, and 2 jalapenos.  I bet you think I’m kidding again.  Nope, it’s so sad.  We HAD tomatoes, but something absconded with them before we could pick them.  I hate gardening, it’s too frustrating.  I am giving it up and supporting my local farmers!

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Okay, sorry, I feel better now

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I might not be able to grow tomatoes, but I can paint them!

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Betcha wanna tomato~

BLT Salad with Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing

Classic BLT sandwich in salad form with irresistible buttermilk bleu cheese dressing
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing

  • 1 cup quality mayonnaise, like Duke's
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 6 oz bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

BLT Salad

  • 1 ripe summer tomato per person
  • 2 crisp romaine leaves per person
  • 2 crispy cooked bacon slices per person
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing per person

Instructions
 

Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing

  • Combine ingredients in a large jar and stir well and shake to blend
  • Refrigerate for several hours before serving to blend flavors
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
  • Makes about 2 cups dressing

BLT Salad

  • Slice each tomato into 6 thick slices
  • Place romaine leaves on plates or large platter
  • Make 2 stacks with each tomato by layering tomato slices with bacon: top one tomato slice with 1/2 strip of bacon, repeat, ending with third tomato slice on top
  • Secure tomato stacks with tooth picks and place one stack on each romaine leaf
  • Drizzle dressing over all

Notes

Plan on 1-2 romaine leaves and tomato stacks per serving
Keyword bacon, bleu cheese, buttermilk, lettuce, mayonnaise, sour cream, tomato

Thanks for joining me today, I hope your summer is full of tomatoes!

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Comments
18 Responses to “Recipe Box, Stacked Tomato Salad”
  1. lulu says:

    I’d like to think this will be served at dinner tonight, but somehow I’m doubting that will happen. Guess I will have to wait until I get home and make it myself!

  2. Oh this sounds so good, Jenna!
    Kenley

  3. O my…looks so good, Jenna!!

    I love that painting!

  4. This looks so yummy! There is a little bunny that lives around my patio. He is so cute but he keeps biting off the tips of my flowers. I keep asking him why he doesn’t visit my neighbor who has a garden. I can see her tomatoes and squash from my backdoor. You’d think he would stay there instead of at my place.

  5. phyllis says:

    I will be right over for my salad…man oh man does that look delicious…love the way you have photographed that delightful salad…yummy

  6. This looks amazing!

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  7. dianne says:

    This looks delicious! I have some Benton’s bacon from a friend and I am going to try this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  8. noelmorata says:

    wow, well that’s a slightly healthier version of a blt sandwich, can I have a cyber sample?

  9. Judy says:

    Oh my this looks delicious, these are my favorite, fresh tomatoes, bacon and romaine lettuce. I have printed it and hope to serve it tonight.

  10. Mary says:

    Oh what a delicious & delectable stack with the bacon and Buttermilk Bleu cheese dressing! I’m so glad I’m not a farmer, too much rain or not enough.I’d rather be able to paint tomatoes than grown them πŸ™‚ We didn’t plant tomatoes this year for the first time and I’m so glad, they would have burst and been flavorless with all our rain.

    I have to sit my camera on the porch for 30 minutes to acclimate and defog the lens before I want to take photos, no grabbing it and dashing from the a/c into the blast of humidity and heat πŸ™‚

    • You are so right of course about acclimating the camera, I have so little patience!! Just got this week’s weather report and they said, wet week ahead! So looks like more is coming your way too!

  11. This contains so many of my favorite ingredients. I copied this url to send to my husband, he has to see this. You are one creative minded soul my friend.

  12. Hi, these stacked tomatoes look so good and I bet taste delicious! I saw it on memories by the mile.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  13. lydiaf1963 says:

    What an elegant presentation! Stopping by from All my Bloggy Friends to say hello!

  14. a quiet life says:

    your pics and food both look gorgeous!

  15. Shawna says:

    I just love the pictures of your recipe they are so crisp and colorful. Thank you so much for sharing on our BBQ Block Party.

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