BLT Overnight Salad with Tomato Basil Croutons

Monday, September 13th 2010, 10:16 am
By: News On 6


2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

9 cups chopped iceberg lettuce

8 slices bacon, diced and cooked crisp

4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)

1 container (8 ounces) sour cream

¾ cup of mayonnaise

1 tablespoon milk

1 package (0.4 ounces) dry ranch dressing mix

2 tablespoons of fresh basil

1 loaf of Panera's Tomato Basil Bread

Tomato Basil Croutons:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut Tomato Basil Bread slices into triangles.

Brush bread with olive oil and arrange on an un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until browned.

BLT Salad:

In large bowl, layer tomatoes, lettuce, bacon, cheese and basil. In medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, milk and ranch dressing mix. Spread enough dressing over top of salad to completely cover cheese; refrigerate remaining dressing for other uses. Chill for several hours or overnight. Just before serving, toss until well mixed.

Serves 8-10.