Arugula Salad With Bacon, Tomatoes & Buttermilk Dressing

April 26, 2012 by Ali

I am obsessed with this salad. It’s basically the joy of BLTs, with the L turned into an A (baby arugula!). Plus some blue cheese, red onions, and buttermilk dressing.

Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly¬†like BLTs.

But I promise you’ll love it!

It’s definitely a great base for a salad that can be served easily on its own. Or it also pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, shrimp, chicken, or whatever sounds good to you. And the buttermilk dressing can be also made “lighter” with Greek yogurt if you’d like.

See? I promised you would love it! :)

Arugula Salad with Bacon, Tomatoes & Buttermilk Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


    Salad Ingredients:
  • fresh baby arugula
  • crumbled cooked bacon
  • cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • red onions, sliced thinly
  • blue cheese, sliced or crumbled
  • buttermilk dressing (see below)
  • Buttermilk Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt or mayonaisse
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed or minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper


To Make Salad:

Toss ingredients together with dressing until combined.

To Make Buttermilk Dressing:

Whisk together all ingredients until well-blended.

Ali’s Tip:

The buttermilk dressing would also be great with some chopped fresh chives and/or oregano thrown in!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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5 thoughts on “Arugula Salad With Bacon, Tomatoes & Buttermilk Dressing

  1. Any suggestions for substituting the buttermilk with something non-dairy? Its hard to get in my neck of the woods…

    - AM

  2. This is like a BLT salad on crack!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  3. Love a good salad!

    - Blog is the New Black