blt salad with grilled chicken, sweet corn & avocado

a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

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oooooh hi! hey-ya! hi there!

i have an idea! let’s do something fun!

like…take a classic blt & lighten it up a little bit.

with…

  • tons of leafy greens!
  • the juiciest little cherry tomatoes!
  • a pile of Jones Dairy Farm bacon, aka the BEST bacon!
  • perfectly charred grilled corn!
  • creamy, dreamy diced avocado!
  • the most herbaliciously addictive homemade cilantro basil vinaigrette!

a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

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???

i mean…can you get down with that or what?!

(& yes, this is my definition of fun. ? i need to get out more. maybe. maybe not. #salad4lyfe)

a light & fresh blt salad recipe: a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

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if you’ve been around for a while, you know that if there’s one thing i can’t resist, it’s a really, really good salad.

(i mean. or a margarita. obviously.)

but salads! when you do them right, they are so satisfying. a combination of flavors & textures & fresh veggies & a really good vinaigrette?

a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

ugh. game over.

that’s exactly why the minute my friends at Jones Dairy Farm reached out & asked me to create a fun recipe to help them celebrate national blt day over the weekend, i knew i’d be whipping up a killer blt salad. a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

& guys? this blt salad is my newest obsession.

first of all. it’s loaded with my absolute favorite summer produce: piles of tender leafy greens, irresistibly juicy & sweet cherry tomatoes, & sweet corn that’s been thrown on the grill to get the perfect smoky char.

& then?!

then we pile on the bacon. when it comes to bacon, it’s gotta be the good stuff. super high-quality, thick-cut, slabs of smoky goodness. life is too short for mediocre bacon, after all! a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

& that’s exactly why i’m so excited to partner with Jones Dairy Farm today! i could seriously go on & on about how impressed i am with their mission & their bacons, but long story short: they don’t take shortcuts (like using liquid smoke), they care about the details (e.g. they dry age their bacon, which takes a little bit longer!), & their bacon is really, really, really damn good.

they’ve generously partnered with me on an instagram giveaway, so if you wanna give them a try (which you totally should!), enter here by tomorrow! ?

& last? a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

we drizzle the whole darn thing with an easy homemade cilantro basil vinaigrette, which is loaded with so much freakin’ flavor that i can’t get enough of it. the combination of the fresh herbs with a squeeze of lemon & lime juice, some punchy garlic, & some crushed red pepper flake to add a leeettle bit of heat? it really sends the whole thing totally over the top.a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

how to make this easy blt salad for the week – easy meal prep tips! a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

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this blt salad is a great weeknight summer dinner, but you can also definitely meal prep it to pack as lunches for the week in a little less than 30 minutes.

here’s how i do it:

  • fry up that bacon! while there’s something so satisfying about standing over a skillet & frying up some bacon, i usually opt to bake bacon. it involves way less cleaning & frees up your hands to get some other things done while it cooks. 375 degrees F on a foil-lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes usually does the trick!
  • grill up the chicken & sweet corn while the bacon cooks. boneless, skinless chicken breast usually takes 8-10 minutes on the grill. when you flip it halfway through, throw the corn directly on the grill grates to cook alongside the chicken. flip it every couple of minutes so it gets nice & charred.
  • make the cilantro basil vinaigrette, which is as simple as tossing everything into a high-speed blender or food processor & blending it up. easy peasy.
  • chop the veggies: halve the tomatoes & remove the grilled sweet corn kernels from the cob.
  • assemble! add a few handfuls of your favorite greens to some individual airtight containers, & top it off with the bacon, chicken, corn, & tomatoes. pack a few tablespoons of the cilantro basil vinaigrette in a separate airtight container. at lunchtime, add it on into the salad, along with some diced avocado. 
a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

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best. lunch. ever.

if you love this blt salad recipe, here are a few other salads & summer dishes you’ll be obsessed with!

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a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

blt salad with grilled chicken, sweet corn & avocado


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a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep!


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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Jones Dairy Farm bacon (dry-aged or no sugar added)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 ears sweet corn, husked & silks removed
  • 8 cups mixed greens of choice
  • 1 pint cherry/grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season

for the cilantro basil vinaigrette:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1 small shallot, roughly diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 23 tablespoons)
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • optional: ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon: Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is as crispy as you like it. Once cooked, remove from the oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain as desired. You could also, of course, fry it up in a skillet, but baking it is so easy & has so much less mess involved.
  3. Grill the chicken & sweet corn: Meanwhile, as the bacon cooks, grill up the chicken & corn. Season the chicken breasts with about ½ teaspoon Kosher salt and ground black pepper. Place on the grill grates over direct heat and grill for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until cooked through. When you flip the chicken, toss the sweet corn on the grill, over direct heat. Turn the corn occasionally, so it gets nice & charred on all its sides. Remove from the grill and set aside to rest. Once cool enough to handle, slice the sweet corn kernels from the cob and dice the chicken. Set aside.
  4. Make the cilantro basil vinaigrette: Add the basil, cilantro, shallot, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, & crushed red pepper flakes to a high-powered blender or food processor. Pulse to finely chop the mixture, then, with the food processor running, slowly & gradually stream in the olive oil, until the vinaigrette is emulsified & combined. Transfer to a small bowl or jar and set aside, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Assemble BLT salads: Add the greens, tomatoes, avocado, & grilled corn to a large bowl, season with a pinch of salt, and give the mixture a quick toss. Add in the chicken & bacon, then drizzle on a few tablespoons of the cilantro basil vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Divide into four salad bowls and top with extra vinaigrette as desired. Devour!

Notes

  • Jones Dairy Farm bacon is honestly some of the best bacon I’ve ever tasted. They treat their ingredients with respect & they don’t take shortcuts, & this philosophy absolutely shines through in their bacon. Plus! They have a No Sugar Added bacon that’s Paleo/Whole30 complaint. 10/10 recommend.
  • Meal prep: This BLT salad is totally meal prep-friendly. See the post, above, for a complete run-down on meal prepping it!
  • Food processor: I’ve said it before, & I’ll probably say it again. My food processor is legit my favorite kitchen appliance. It gets used on a near daily basis in my house. It’s durable, great quality, & dishwasher safe!

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don’t forget to pin this blt salad recipe for later!!! a light & fresh blt salad for summer loaded with bacon, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocados, grilled chicken, & an easy cilantro basil vinaigrette. this blt salad recipe is hearty, but super fresh, making it the perfect easy summer dinner. naturally gluten-free & perfect for meal prep! #playswellwithbutter #bltsalad #saladrecipe #dinnersalad #summersalad #glutenfree #easyglutenfreerecipes

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 7.25.18

    Grilled chicken with sweet corn, Great combination, never tasted before. Want to give it a try.