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. I am not big fan of bacon either, and even when I do eat it, it has to be cooked just right: it cannot be too hard/overcooked or too soft/undercooked. I actually prefer prosciutto if I have to use bacon. But you added so much freshness around that bacon – the salad looks so colorful and healthy! This is my ideal lunch that I would love to have everyday (with the exception of bacon in it :))!

  2. So fresh and vibrant!! A beautiful salad.

    And it’s ok that you don’t like bacon. I am a bacon lover, but I don’t push it on people ;)

  3. This is my kind of salad. I’m not a huge bacon fan either, to be honest, but sometimes I enjoy the flavor it lends to certain dishes, and salad just happens to be one of them. A good BLT every once in a while is something I enjoy too. I definitely need to try this dressing recipe – it sounds amazing!

  4. Usually, when I think of salad, I think of bland and unappealing green leaves which are put together to make me feel a little bit healthier. BUT your photos surely change my mind. I love your food decoration ideas! SO pretty…

  5. Great colors and you hate bacon…smh :)

  6. What kind of fake bacon is that?! I’ve never seen any that look so realistic, and I’ve eaten a lot of veggie bacon!

  7. Homemade dressing is the best – and yours looks incredibly good Averie. Love all the bright beautiful colors in your salad too!

  8. I typically look at your site on my phone but yesterday I did on my computer and the pictures of this salad are beautiful! They made me stop in my tracks and admire.

  9. You’re so bold to admit you don’t love bacon, lol! I think us pseudo-vegetarian can all agree on it. It’s ok, but it’s not like changing. It’s certainly not get-a-tattoo-of-a-bacon-strip-and-wear-a-bacon-scarf-and-use-bacon-bandaids-and-bacon-chapstick amazing. Am I right? lol

  10. I want this right now. Bacon and all!

  11. You’re not alone! My family is not a bacon family, and believe it or not I actually only tasted bacon ONCE–it was Morningstar Farms fake bacon strips–and I thought it was gross. Of course, it could be that I overcooked it, or it wasn’t good because it was fake, or maybe the brand isn’t a good one–but I have never tried bacon again nor had a desire to do so. I’ve had a few salads with bacon bits, but I think they ruin the salad because they overpower all the other flavors.

  12. Oh, wow, this is the most delicious-looking salad I’ve ever seen! I’ve never made my own dressing before– what other sorts of tips might you have to make it easier?

  13. Chopped salads with ranch are my favorite, but maybe with real bacon :)

  14. Bacon or no bacon, that’s a gorgeous salad!

  15. I love this dressing–it’s great as a veggie dip too. We had this for dinner and it will make a repeat appearance for lunch again this weekend as my veggie drawer is stuffed now!

  16. I hate bacon too lol, but I think I’ll try this with some sliced turkey!

  17. I’m not a big bacon person … it’s okay and I’ll eat it but only in savory things. As much as I love the sweet/salty combo I can’t stand the whole bacon in dessert thing! It totally grosses me out! And then there’s my husband who constantly begs me to buy bacon … I somehow seem to always forget that request when at the store… whoops! haha This salad is gorgeous – I love all the colors!

  18. I want this salad. It is gorgeous. Alhough I love bacon I seldomly eat it for health reasons. I’m going to brake the seldom here and make this salad.

  19. i like this kind of combination of salad, is so fresh, healthy and very, very easy to prepare quickly and in the same time so easy to eat :)

  20. This salad looks like just what I need right now :) I’m definitely going to try your dressing, all those fresh ingredients look divine!

  21. I’m always looking for new, fresh salad recipes. This one sounds fantastic… perfect for the summery temps we’re still getting here in Australia. Such a great combo of fresh veggies. Thanks lovely! Stunning photos xx

  22. Oh man, this salad is just packed, how delicious :) I am dying to make this!

  23. Made this salad for dinner tonight and it’s delicious! I have to say… The bacon totally made it for me, made it feel like a treat :)
    Ps. I’m taking it to work tomorrow dressing in the bottom of the Tupperware, veggies next then lettuce on top so it doesn’t all get soggy.

  24. This salad looks delicious! I pinned it a while back but today I’d like to make it! Quick question though: Do you just thaw the frozen peas and corn to add to your salad, or do you cook them first? I’ve used a corn and black bean mixture on salads before (cooked), but never green peas…

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