BLTA Salad with Lemony Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and a Trip to Pike Place Market

Yesterday was a glorious day in the Pacific Northwest.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that Seattle is the best place in the world when it’s sunny out. I can’t argue with that. With temperatures in the mid-70s, yesterday was the perfect Sunday.

It all started out with a BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado) salad that I made for Casey and myself. It’s really the perfect salad, if you ask me. Juicy, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy bites of avocado and lemony dressing adds up to one very satisfying lunch. I knew I was going later to hang out with my friend Meguire, so I wanted a fairly light lunch. It did the trick.

I live in Tacoma, and my friend Meguire lives in Seattle. Admittedly, I do love going to Seattle as often as I can, although some Tacomans would boo and hiss at me for that.

Sometimes, it’s quite fun to be a tourist in your own city. We headed to Pike Place Market, and it seemed the rest of Seattle was there was well.

Neither of us had been to Pike Place in quite a while. Though it was incredibly busy, the beautiful produce, perfect weather and people watching made for a really wonderful afternoon.

Here we are soaking up some Vitamin D.

Of course, we wanted to eat dinner outside, so we settled on Seatown Snack Bar, one of Tom Douglas’s restaurants. Patio dining, complete with Bloody Marys served in Mason jars andย  chilled King Crab legs with drawn butter made for a memorable experience. I almost felt bad for the people walking by who were watching us wrenching into our crab legs, shells flying everywhere.

I mean, how good do these look? They were oh, so good.

As if we couldn’t have been any happier in our crab coma, it was time for some Molly Moon’s ice cream for dessert. I’ve never been to Molly Moon’s before this, although I’ve been meaning to try it. I went with the balsamic strawberry ice cream. It definitely lived up to all the hype.

For me, no trip to Pike Place is complete without a stop at Sur la Table, which I was pleased as punch to find table linens and super cute dish cloths on sale. Score.

It was quite the wonderful day. And it all started with this BLTA salad.

BLTA Salad with Lemony Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Serves 2

For the salad:

4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 romaine hearts, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced

For the dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 small handful chives, chopped
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it is crunchy. Drain on paper towels to remove the fat (or pour it into a jar to save for later).

Meanwhile, assemble the romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado in a bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, minced garlic, lemon juice, parsley, chives and salt and pepper to combine.

Sprinkle the bacon over the salad, and add as much dressing as desired. Toss to combine.

Serve immediately.

Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 10


  1. Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM | Permalink

    That looks so good, will have to try this dressing!

  2. Posted April 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    What a gorgeous Spring salad! I love Pike’s Place – how cool that you live so close to it!

  3. Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    Look at you with your beautiful photography! This pin caught my eye on Pinterest so I had to come over & read the post. Definitely great timing w/ me needing more ideas for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. jill
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Your pictures always do such a great job of telling the story. I can’t abide ranch dressing – any other suggestions? Could I use milk instead of buttermilk?

  5. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much, Jill! This salad would also be great with most vinaigrettes, honey mustard or green goddess dressing (one of my favorites).

  6. Lori
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:22 PM | Permalink

    I made this tonight…1st dish in my new kitchen (just remodeled)! Loved the dressing and my husband and son both loved it too! Went with some yummy BBQ…trying your Lemon orzo salad tomorrow…found you via Pinterest…thanks for the recipes!

  7. Posted May 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

    Lori, Wow, first dish in your new kitchen! I feel so honored! Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading and cooking with me!

  8. Jason
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    Love Seatown. Nice looking salad!

  9. Kim
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    This was seriously yummy!! I found this recipe when unwashed searching for BLTA salad ideas, as I had never made a buttermilk dressing and had some on hand, I decided to go with your recipe. YUM Yum yum! Husband said this was my best salad yet – I agree and not just because do the bacon! I skipped the chives because they have never done much for me, and I used a massive clove of garlic which made my dressing VERY zippy, next time I’ll be sure to use a smaller more normal sized piece of garlic.

    I enjoyed your write up and pics of your day in Seattle, I grew up in Bothell, and I’m now in NJ.

  10. Posted March 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    So glad you enjoyed it! And glad to remind you a bit of home ๐Ÿ™‚

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