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~

Here’s the recipe:

STACKED TOMATO SALAD with BUTTERMILK BLEU CHEESE DRESSING   for a printable version click here

Dressing

1/2 cup buttermilk {I used non fat}

1/2 cup bleu cheese, use good quality bleu and crumble it yourself

2 T fresh lemon juice

2 T garlic oil or any quality olive oil

freshly cracked pepper

1/4 cup light sour cream or mayonnaise {optional, add until desired consistency is achieved}

Mix thoroughly, mashing cheese with a fork.  A jar works great for storing and shaking to blend.  Makes about 1 cup.

Salad: for each serving you will need

1 ripe red summer tomato cut into 6 thick slices

2 slices bacon, cooked and crisp*

2 fresh crisp romaine leaves

2-4 T bleu cheese dressing

One each romaine leaf stack one slice tomato, 1/2 slice bacon, one slice tomato, 1/2 slice bacon and one slice tomato.  Use a decorative toothpick to secure your stack.  Drizzle stacks with bleu cheese dressing.  Serve immediately.

*I like to cook a big batch of bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Lay strips out on paper and bake at 350 until done, about 20-25 minutes.  Bacon cooked this way is a little more flexible and suits itself to this salad because it doesn’t get brittle and crumbly.  It is full of even more flavor when baked also.  Just let the parchment paper full of bacon fat cool and then remove to trash.  Clean up is a breeze!

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!

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  2. Oh this sounds so good, Jenna!
    Kenley

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  3. O my…looks so good, Jenna!!

    I love that painting!

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  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.

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  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

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  6. This looks amazing!

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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  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.

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  8. noelmorata says:

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

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  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.

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  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 🙂 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 🙂

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  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.

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  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

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  13. lydiaf1963 says:

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

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  14. a quiet life says:

    your pics and food both look gorgeous!

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  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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