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Grilled BLT Salad

Who doesn’t love a BLT, especially when it includes avocado? This, our hearty salad version of the classic sandwich, makes a really satisfying dinner or postworkout lunch. Plus, the dressing is killer—really delicious spread on sandwiches or used as a dip for crudités.

Serves 2

4 slices thick-cut bacon

1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 2 thin paillards

salt and pepper

2 medium romaine hearts, cleaned, dried, and cut in half vertically

16 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

¼ cup bread crumbs, toasted in a small pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper

for the dressing:

½ large or 1 small avocado, diced

1 small clove garlic, thinly sliced

20 leaves basil, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons vegenaise

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

½ cup olive oil

salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Place thebacon slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, or until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and season each chicken paillard with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper. Grill for 3 minutes on each side, or until very firm to the touch. Remove to a plate or cutting board to cool before dicing.

4. To make the dressing, combine the first 6 ingredients in a powerful blender and blitz until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. To finish the salad, toss the romaine halves in a little olive oil and season the cut sides with salt and pepper.

6. Heat the grill pan over medium-high heat and cook the lettuce, cut side down, for about 2 minutes (you want the lettuce to get a little char but still retain some crunch). Place 2 romaine halves on each serving plate and top with diced chicken, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled (or chopped) bacon. Pour on some of the dressing and sprinkle with the toasted bread crumbs for crunch.

7. Serve with extra dressing on the side.