James has been craving salad for several weeks now. He requests it nearly everyday. My salad repertoire is really small, so I decided to get on All Recipes and find something new. Everytime I pick a recipe that has a five star rating, it turns out delicious! James is a bacon, salad and mayonnaise lover and a BLT fan. I found a recipe that combined all his faves.
Yesterday, I decided to make this salad recipe for lunch. I gave Anjelia a sippy cup of chocolate milk, to try to satisfy her for a few minutes, so I could get it done. It worked! She ran off, happy as a lark. After a few minutes, she walked back into the kitchen with her shirt covered in chocolate milk. I immediately knew that was a BAD sign. I was right! My entire living room, including my furniture, was covered in chocolate milk spit! Some of the spots were the size of dinner plates!
This is not the first time I’ve had a spitter. Lydia went through this phase and was really good at it! She would have tea parties using juice spit from her sippy cup!
B.L.T. Salad with Basil Mayo Dressing
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 slices French bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.
In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.
In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
Chocolate Milk Spit
7 oz. – 1% milk
3 heaping tsp. Ovaltine
In sippy cup, mix milk and Ovaltine. Hand the cup to a spitting toddler. Leave the room.
“My salad days,
When I was green in judgement.”
from the recipe book of Leona Odle Dickey