Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Starring Juicy Summer Tomatoes!

Avocado BLT's and Charred Summer Salad

It's that time of year when nothing beats sinking your teeth into a ripe juicy tomato!  Thus was the inspiration for dinner last night.  We wanted something simple that would take advantage of our fresh tomatoes and the flavors of the season. 

It doesnt get much easier than a BLT!  I stacked whole grain bread with Australian bacon (which is VERY different from American bacon), fresh tomatoes, ripe avocado, cob lettuce, and spread each with a mixture of mayo/dijon mustard.  I like to add salt and pepper on top of the tomato layer.  The combination of crisp, smoky bacon and fresh, juicy tomato accented by the creamy avocado is unbeatable!


It was a bit too hot to be grilling outside so I charred up some eggplant, red pepper, and onion on the stovetop grill.  Steam and peel the pepper for that sweet roasted flavor.
I chopped the veggies, served over spring mix, and threw in a few quartered cherry tomatoes and sliced fresh basil from my recently acquired herb garden.
Dress this salad with a nice homeade herb vinaigrette and it's the perfect side to go with your BLT's!

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