Heirloom BLT Salad with Coconut Bacon Recipe

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Roberto Bailey Modified: April 1, 2022
Heirloom BLT Salad with Coconut Bacon Recipe

How To Make Heirloom BLT Salad (with Coconut Bacon!)

You’ll be surprised to know that this BLT salad is completely vegan. Instead of pork, the recipe uses coconut bacon that is every bit as sweet and smoky.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Salad:

  • 1bunchkale
  • 2heirloom tomatoes,(2 or more), cored and sliced into wedges
  • 2cupswhole grain bread,sliced or torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • sea salt

For Coconut Bacon:

  • 3cupscoconut flakes,(large unsweetened)
  • 3tbsptamari soy sauce,(reduced sodium)
  • tbspliquid smoke
  • tbspmaple syrup

For Lemon-tahini Dressing:

  • ¼cuptahini
  • 1small lemon,juiced
  • 1tbspwhite miso,optional
  • 2clovesgarlic,pressed or minced
  • tspmaple syrup
  • dashsalt
  • cupwater

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with racks in the top and middle positions.

Coconut Bacon:

  1. Line a half sheet pan or large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle the coconut flakes with tamari, Liquid Smoke and maple syrup and mix well.

  2. Spread the flakes into an even layer on the parchment paper. Bake on the middle rack for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping halfway, until flakes are mostly dry. They will continue to crisp up as they cool.

Croutons:

  1. Toss the bread pieces with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Spread in a single layer on a lined baking baking sheet and bake on the top rack for up to 15 minutes, tossing halfway, until the croutons are crisp and turning golden on the edges.

Dressing:

  1. Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, miso, garlic, maple syrup and a dash of sea salt. Then whisk in ⅓ cup water.

Kale:

  1. Use a chef’s knife to remove the tough ribs from the kale, then discard them. Chop the kale leaves into small, bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a mixing bowl.

  2. Sprinkle the kale with a dash of sea salt and use hands to massage the kale by scrunching up the leaves and releasing until the kale is a darker green and fragrant.

  3. Drizzle the kale with enough dressing to lightly coat the greens and toss well.

  4. Add the sliced tomatoes, croutons, and a couple handfuls of coconut bacon. Toss and serve.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 669.75kcal
  • Fat: 54.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 38.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.49g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.69g
  • Fiber: 16.30g
  • Sugar: 15.43g
  • Protein: 14.10g
  • Sodium: 1045.13mg
  • Calcium: 201.75mg
  • Potassium: 920.71mg
  • Iron: 5.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 277.81µg
  • Vitamin C: 75.93mg
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