BLT quinoa salad

This quinoa salad recipe is fast to make, with all the ingredients in a BLT. Crispy bacon, crunchy frisée lettuce and bright cherry tomatoes.

BLT Quinoa Salad

Is anything better than a perfect BLT? It's my go-to diner order for a reason. There's crunch, there's the perfect balance of moisture and there's bacon. Every sandwich should have all three, nah...every meal should. 

I've seen enough quinoa salads professing to be the healthiest salad ever that I decided to make it into a BLT. This salad comes together fast, in the time it takes to cook a half-pot of quinoa and fry up some bacon. If you can help yourself from eating all the bacon before it gets into the salad, you're the real winner.

BLT Quinoa Salad

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked

  • 4 slices of bacon

  • 1 small head of frisée lettuce, stem removed with leaves separated

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on your package. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile heat a frying pan on medium heat. Reduce to medium-low and add the bacon. Cook until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan to drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then crumble. Take the pan off the heat, keeping the bacon fat in the pan. Toss the quinoa into the pan with the bacon fat. 

To assemble the salad, toss quinoa with the frisée, crumbled bacon and cherry tomatoes.

Enjoy as is, or if you’d like a vinaigrette whisk together olive oil, balsamic and a teaspoon or two of dijon mustard.