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Side Dishes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Watermelon Salad

Craving a BLT but worried it's not healthy? Try this salad version to bump up nutrition without compromising taste.

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Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD, COOK:

FOR THE CROUTONS, COMBINE:

FOR THE DRESSING, WHISK:

Instructions

For the salad, cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve bacon drippings.

For the croutons, combine bread cubes and 2 Tbsp. reserved bacon drippings in a bowl, stirring to coat. Sauté bread cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until browned, 8–10 minutes, stirring frequently. If croutons are too dry, add another 1 Tbsp. drippings as needed. Season croutons with salt and pepper.

For the dressing, whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan, vinegar, shallots, pepper, capers, horseradish, and salt.

Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top each with bacon, watermelon, tomatoes, and croutons; serve with Parmesan Black Pepper Dressing. Refrigerate any leftover dressing in a covered container for up to 1 week.

With no seeds to remove, it's easy to cut the watermelon into cubes — and you have less waste.

With no seeds to remove, it's easy to cut the watermelon into cubes — and you have less waste.

Cut head of romaine into quarters, then slice crosswise into bite-size pieces. Toss to separate the pieces.

Cut head of romaine into quarters, then slice crosswise into bite-size pieces. Toss to separate the pieces.

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Tags: Easy, Quick, Side Dishes, 4Th Of July, Salad, Healthy

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