BLAT Caesar

We are all about entrée salads during the summer, but if we are choosing to eat salad for a meal it needs to be hearty enough to feel like a complete meal. We love this rendition of a Caesar salad, which is loaded with all of our favorite BLAT ingredients to make things exciting. We went rogue from romaine lettuce and decided to use arugula as the base of our salad. The peppery switch up provides a nice balance to the richer ingredients like bacon and avocado. This salad has a little bit of everything from creamy to crunchy and there is something in it for everyone. We think it is really satisfying for a lunch or dinner entrée, and even like to throw it all on a big platter and serve it family style if we are having people over for dinner.

BLAT Caesar

  • Servings: 4
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  Everything we love about a BLAT in Caesar salad form!

Ingredients

  • 8 cups lightly packed arugula or your favorite salad greens
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 avocado, core removed and sliced

Ingredients for The Dressing

  • 1 raw egg yolk
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 glove garlic
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovy fillets (optional)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the bacon onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. Cook the bacon for about 15 minutes, or until it is your desired level of crispiness. Remove the bacon from the cookie sheet and onto a paper towel to remove the excess fat. Set aside.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, make the dressing. Combine the dressing ingredients (egg yolk – anchovy fillets if you are using) in a blender and mix until combined. With the blender running, add the vegetable oil in a steady stream to the remaining ingredients. Blend until the oil is emulsified into the dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the salad. Layer the arugula or other salad greens evenly into four bowls. Divide the tomato, avocado and bacon into each of the bowls as well. We prefer to leave the bacon whole for presentation, but you can chop it and add it if that is your preference. Drizzle each of the salads with the Caesar dressing and serve immediately.


Tuna & Avocado Melt

Tuna salad is one of those things that can be easily made but if you spend just a little extra time to make it well, it is SO darn delicious. In an effort to cut down on some calories this summer, we have been making tuna salad with avocado, lots of lemon, and just a touch of mayo as a base. The result is a refreshing spin on a classic tuna melt, still made decadent with melted sharp cheddar, but trimmed way down on the calories.

Tuna Avocado Melt 
Makes: 2 servings 
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Total Time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of your favorite bread 
  • 2 large slices of sharp cheddar or Swiss cheese 
  • 2 handfuls of arugula 
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • 2 cans of white tuna in water, drained 
  • 1 ripe avocado 
  • 2 tbs mayo 
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Lay the four slices of bread on a cookie sheet and give them a light spray with cooking spray. Cook until they are toasted, about 6 minutes. 
  3. While the bread is toasting, make the tuna. Use a fork to mash the avocado with the mayo and the zest of the full lemon and the juice from 1/2 of the lemon. You want to mash thoroughly so this is a mostly smooth texture. Add the drained tuna and toss to coat. Depending on how you prefer tuna, you can break it down to be as smooth or chunky as you prefer. Season the tuna to taste with salt and pepper. 
  4. When the bread is toasted in the oven, remove two of the slices from the cookie sheet and put the cheese on top of the remaining two slices. Turn the broiler on in the oven and cook the cheese until it is melted- just a few minutes. 
  5. Make the sandwiches by layering a slice of cheesy toast, 1/2 of the tuna, a few slices of red onion, a handful of arugula, and the remaining slice of toast. Serve immediately.