BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

 

My family adores anything with bacon.

Bacon makes everything better, right?

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

The salad is chock full of colors, textures, and a plethora of veggies.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

As many textures, flavors, and veggies that I can pack into a salad, that happier I am.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

My favorite are the big tomato slices. Almost daily for the past 10 years, I eat one tomato. You know what they say, a tomato a day keeps the doctor away. Something like that.

Having juicy tomatoes with the crunchy cucumber slices, crisp carrots, and the little bursts of flavor and color from the peas and corn scattered about, is my idea of a great salad.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

But what really makes a salad is the dressing. No matter how good the greens and veggies are, the dressing is the make-it-or-break-it element. And this dressing is a definite make-it.

You can just use your favorite storebought dressing, but making your own takes about 1 minute. And after trying homemade ranch, you’ll never need those powdered ranch dressing mix packets again. Or shall I say packets of sodium and garlic powder unless you want to make these.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

For the dressing, you can use lite/reduced fat versions of the mayo and sour cream (or try Greek yogurt). I did, and the dressing is still plenty creamy, thick, and luscious, with just the right amount of tang from buttermilk.

Combine the mayo and sour cream with a splash of buttermilk, lemon juice, olive oil, green onions or chives, parsley, salt and pepper, and blend until smooth.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

Like all dressings, adjust the seasonings, salt, and flavor balance to your taste. If you think it needs a dash more lemon, buttermilk, oil, salt, or whatever it is, add it to taste.

The recipe makes just over 1 cup dressing and extra will keep easily for a week in the fridge. It’s great to have around to do double duty as a veggie dip, or I’m sure it would make a fabulous chicken marinade.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

This healthy and filling salad got my family eating their veggies.

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing - Fast, fresh, healthy & satisfying!

BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

A healthy green salad packed with an abundance of veggies for added texture and flavor. I used tomato, cucumber, carrot, peas and corn, but use your favorite and what you have on hand. I used bacon-less bacon (vegan), and use your favorite, cooked to manufacturer’s directions. The homemade ranch dressing is creamy, luscious, rich, and packed with flavor. You’ll never need storebought Ranch or those ranch seasoning packets after discovering how easy it is to make your own. Like all dressings, play with the balance of ingredient ratios until you strike the perfect balance. Extra will keep for over a week in the fridge.

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Ingredients:

Salad
1/2 cup cooked, diced bacon or faux bacon pieces (about 8 strips bacon, cooked to manufacturer’s instructions)
about 3 to 4 cups salad greens
1 small/medium ripe tomato, sliced into thin rounds
half of 1 cucumber, about 10 thinly sliced rounds
1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/4 cup peas (I used frozen)
1/4 cup corn (I used frozen)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1/2 heaping cup mayonnaise (lite or reduced fat okay)
1/2 heaping cup sour cream ((lite or reduced fat okay; plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
1/4 cup buttermilk + extra if necessary to thin
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoon minced fresh green onion, scallions, or chives ( I used 1 trimmed green onion in entirety)
1 small garlic clove, peeled, optional and to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Salad – Cook bacon according to manufacturer’s instructions. Dice small; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the greens, top with tomato, cucumber, carrots, peas, corn, and sprinkle bacon pieces over the top; set aside.
  3. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – To the canister of a food processor or blender (mini food processors work great here), add all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds. Taste dressing and if necessary, adjust flavor balance by adding more lemon, oil, herbs, salt and pepper, or whatever dressing needs, to taste. I like my dressing thicker and didn’t use more than 1/4 cup buttermilk, but add more, to taste, to thin it out. Brands of mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk all vary in their thickness.
  4. Transfer dressing to a glass jar with lid, or airtight container with a lid.
  5. Drizzle over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Extra dressing will keep for 7 to 10 days airtight in the fridge; shake well before next use.
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82 comments on “BLT Chopped Salad with Homemade Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing”

  1. Now that is an amazing looking salad and that chipolata orange chicken sounds off the chain delicious! Bookmarked and pinned :)

  2. I’m checking out all the vegetables in this salad and they are all pretty reasonable for me to get right now in the winter season. I think that I will try this combination for dinner or our lunches very soon. I love bacon… my nemesis is fish. It is so hard for me to have the smell in the house.

  3. Another beautiful and very colorful salad!!! I have been wanting to make a batch of homemade mayo and would love to use it in this dressing. I have turkey bacon in the freezer and might try cooking it in the oven to see if there is a little less “after smell”. Jon will like this too (gotta love a man who’s happy with a hearty salad as a meal)!

  4. I don’t like bacon either. It makes me sad.
    I will, however, cook it and serve it to other people, because it makes other people happy. I guess there’s an element of hypocrisy in that.
    On the other hand, I know for a fact that this buttermilk ranch will also make this person insanely happy. Maybe I need to change my approach.

  5. My family is on team bacon, too. But it does stink the house up! A thing I’d happily take on for a bowl of this beautiful salad :)

  6. I love veggie-packed salads like these! I could probably eat a different one everyday. And I totally understand your love of tomatoes; I eat them whole (like an apple) and have been since I was 10 years old.

  7. Oooh that homemade dressing looks incredible! And I can’t believe you don’t like bacon. I think bacon is what keeps me from being a vegetarian. :)

    • I loathe it :) Funny, the only thing that keeps me from being vegan is a stick of butter and an egg for cookie baking. If I could find a way to duplicate results, I’d be vegan 100%. For me, it comes down to cookie-baking. And for you, it comes down to bacon LOL

  8. I LOVE bacon. This salad looks awesome Averie, all the way to the dressing YUM!!

  9. Actually, while I do enjoy bacon every now and again (especially if its just used as a component), I’m not nearly as obsessed as most people are. Sometimes I think it’s just too much? You know? Can overpower everything else. I think I’m going to get hate mail for that statement, haha.

    This salad is so vibrant and beautiful, Averie!!!

  10. What a fresh and colorful salad! Love love love all the bright veggies and that buttermilk ranch dressing looks incredible. So want this for lunch now! pinned! :D

  11. These photos are gorgeous, Averie! I need to make more veggie filled recipes, just because I love the bright colors in the pictures. Haha! Also, that dressing looks amazing!

  12. So many pretty colors! Those tomatoes are making me wish it was summer. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m in love w/ this salad… it will be shared on my FB page today!

  14. Okay, bacon aside on this amazing salad, THANK YOU for not putting hard boiled egg on it. OMG, way to ruin a good salad! This one is beautiful and I want it ALL.

    • I know! And if my family would have had their way, they’d have wanted that too! So I could have stunk up my house with bacon AND eggs…all to eat…plants. Which is all I want anyway :)

  15. LOVE this BLT salad recipe. Sharing everywhere today :)

  16. omg! i absolutely hate bacon too!!!! yay! haha, a while ago (im not either of these now) when i went paleo and then primal i felt like really WAS the only person in the world who hated bacon! – i literally, CAN.NOT.STAND.IT. !!!

  17. You know, funny enough I am not vegetarian but I don’t like bacon!! People think I’m insane. I don’t eat a lot of pork or red meat (Like a few times a year at a family dinner maybe), but I would never eat a whole slice of bacon or eat BLT or whatever.. it’s just so chewy and fatty and blech. Thought I’d make you feel less alone ;) If I wasn’t allergic to dairy I’d be all over this salad sans bacon :)

    • You can make homemade buttermilk with say almond milk and some lemon juice. No, it’s not perfect BUT it’s dairy-free and an option and then after you blend it will all the herbs, I think you’d be just fine!

  18. This looks amazing!! I’d love a huge plate for dinner tonight!!

  19. Nope, not a bacon lover either. I usually like the smell but then the taste is a let down. And fake bacon is worse than the real stuff. Bacon aside though – this is a straight up Midwest salad!

  20. Looks delish Averie! The not-bacon you have in the US looks WAY more realistic than what we have in the UK!

  21. I hate bacon too! But this salad looks so good, love the vibrant colors and homemade dressing!

  22. I LOVE rainbow salads! Like you said, the more colors (and texture) you can pack in, the better. I’ve even completely forgotten about adding croutons just because I was so distracted by finding one more colorful veggie to chop and add in. So happy you sacrificed your kitchen and cooked the faux bacon; it looks like the perfect finishing touch (well, for everyone else)! :)

  23. Oh I’m definitely visiting you in SD and I’ll pay you to make this salad for me. Loving every last bit of this. Pinned!

  24. I love all those vibrant colors! Bacon or no bacon, that’s how you get excited about salad :)

  25. OMG, I just can’t get into bacon either, even the ‘bacon less’ kind ;)
    Well, any sort of pork for that matter just doesn’t jive with me. I do like the occasional, good quality Canadian Bacon and I love this salad. The dressing is gorgeous!

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