Who knew that such simple ingredients as spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and eggs when combined and served with a mayonnaise-based dressing could create such a delicious salad? If you haven’t yet tried a BLT salad, hurry up and make it, especially if you have some extra vegetables that you need to use, such as spinach and tomatoes. So good! The only thing that has always been missing from my BLT salads was the carbs, and in this recipe this problem is fixed by adding sweet potato fries! Not only is this salad delicious, it has all everything: protein, healthy carbs, vegetables, fiber, and it’s GLUTEN FREE!
A couple of recommendations:
Use real bacon, and not premade bacon bits.
When making the salad dressing, start by adding 2 tablespoons of milk to the mayonnaise but add more milk if desired to get a nice dressing-like consistency. Without adding the milk, the dressing would be too thick.
Do not add salt to the salad dressing, because the bacon will add enough saltiness to the dish. If you do think you need more salt, add the salt directly into the salad AFTER you mix the salad with the dressing.
Add the dressing just before serving, otherwise the salad will wilt.
3 tablespoons olive oil per 1 very big sweet potato
6 cups spinach
1 or 2 small tomatoes, sliced
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
8 strips cooked bacon (preferably baked), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons milk (or more)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Sweet potato fries:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel the potato, slice in thin strips. In a large bowl, toss with spices and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread in one layer on aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
Bake in the upper rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool on wire rack.
In a large salad bowl, combine spinach, sliced tomatoes, chopped bacon, sliced eggs, sweet potato fries. Whisk mayonnaise, milk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add freshly ground pepper to the dressing, to taste. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad (you don't have to use all of it, just use as much as you prefer) and mix.
Or, alternatively, layer the salad by layering spinach leaves as a first layer, then adding sliced tomatoes, chopped bacon, sliced eggs, and sweet potato fries in little separate sections on top. Sprinkle with some of the salad dressing and serve with the remaining salad dressing on the side
Another way to serve this salad is to mix all salad ingredients, except for sweet potato fries, with the dressing, then add sweet potato fries on top of the salad.