BLT Bowl

I like to call this a gateway salad.

It’s the shallow-end of the salad world. Where you can just gently lower yourself in and say “Hey, this isn’t bad at all! In fact… I quite like it!”

If you happen to be a salad dodger who’s trying to be virtuous this month, this is for you.

Just think of it as a BLT, without the bread and with a whole feast of other goodies thrown in for good luck.

It’s incredibly easy to make. To serve two as a main just grab:

Lettuce (I used two romaine hearts)

1 large avocado

2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes

Half a cucumber

Handful of coriander (cilantro)

4 rashers of bacon

Half a handful of feta cheese

Cook your bacon until it’s nice & crispy. While it’s sizzling away, chop everything else up into bite-sized squares. Throw it all in a bowl, followed by your bacon (chopped) when it’s done. Crumble your feta over the top.

Pour about 2 shot glasses of good olive oil into a cup. Add a shot of balsamic vinegar, a tsp of mustard, the juice of a small lemon and a good sprinkle of salt.

Drizzle over your salad.

Shake it all about & tuck in!

Ridiculously simple and totally delicious.

Absolutely part of the 80% if you’re on The Anti-Diet! Which you should be. No fad diets this year please, you deserve so much better.

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  • TheUniStudent

    Amazing Rosie! Will try this as soon as I overcome my tonsillitis! Silly thing’s got me cooped up in bed on a liquid-only diet for a while.

    Veronica x

    • Rosie

      Oh no! Feel better soon V! xx

  • Second recipe I’m trying out from your blog! I’m loving it! β™₯

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    So lovely and colorful, great example that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring :o)! Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • I feel I may cause a riot when I dare to quietly whisper, ‘I really don’t like bacon all that much…’ Bar that however, this looks delicious and I’m going to have to give it a go but maybe sub in some chicken instead? =p


    • Rosie

      You don’t like bacon???!!
      I think I’m going to need to lay down for a minute.
      Chicken would be delish though… so I’ll let you off. This time.

      • Haha, I know, sacrilege right? I apologise for my maverick taste buds! xx

    • I might as well admit that I’m not that in to bacon either.. There I said it! Salad looks delicious tho will try it with prawns or chicken instead. Kram

    • I’d choose sausages over bacon any day. I feel your pain.

  • Addy London

    This looks very similar to my summer salad! I made a healthy breakfast for starting the New Year, you can have a look on my blog:


  • Amber

    Looks amazing – healthy salad to kick start the year!

  • Hannah Victoria

    Never thought a salad would make my mouth water…! YUM. On a very unrelated side-note, love your nail varnish – what make/colour is it? x

    • Rosie

      Ummm it’s from Essie and it had a weird name… something to with Tomboy?
      Sorry probably not all that helpful!

      • I have that colour, its called tomboy no more, such a lovely, elegant colour!!

  • Yummmm!!!!! And, there isn’t much better than the pairing of avocado and bacon – can’t wait to try this one out!

    Meghan xo

    • Rosie

      A match made in heaven fo sho!

  • yummy – thanks rosie! another genius idea! x

  • I love the last sentence of this post – thanks for spreading such a good attitude πŸ™‚

    • Rosie

      Thanks Julie. LOVE that profile pic you’ve got going on!

      • Thanks! I’m living in denial of the current London winter so I’m dwelling on past sunshine!

  • Frances

    Can’t wait to try this out! The anti-diet is definitely on my new years resolution this year. I’d love it if you did a day-in-the-life meal plan type thing (what sort of things you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner)… I’m always really stuck for ideas about good, healthy, filling lunches especially! XX

    • Rosie

      This is a really great, healthy, filling lunch Frances!
      It’s full of protein and the good fats you need to feel full and satisfied. Give it a go tomorrow! x

  • This looks Delicious Rosie! Ive been looking for some healthier recipes to try in the new year!

    Thanks Michaela

  • so_oh_phee

    This looks amazing and so yummy! Will definitely have to try this. You’ve just reminded me about the Anti-Diet as well, will definitely be re-reading that post and trying to stick to it this year!

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

    • Rosie

      Good plan Sophie! x

  • Becki Explorer

    If I just had the tomato, bacon and feta would it still be a salad?!
    B x

  • This looks incredible, a quick trip to the shop to buy the ingredients may be the perfect revision break! 4 days until the end of uni exams, wooo!

  • Sarah

    Hello, will be making this tonight! πŸ™‚ Is there any news on the watch give away winner?

  • PeonyandPeach

    This looks delicious! Bacon makes everything good πŸ˜€

  • This is one of my fave salads to make, but I always add looooads of garlic and a pinch of chilli pepper to my dressing as well, which I make pretty much the same as you made yours too.

  • Nom nom nom nom… Xx

  • Nichola Allan

    This will help with the eating healthy that is entirely necessary for my marathon training! Though I have to say I’m more of a soup person in winter. Yummy liquidized vegetables πŸ™‚

  • Thats actually a really good way of thinking about it πŸ™‚ this looks yummy!
    Bea x

  • Oh yummers! This looks amazing & is definitely one I’m going to try.

    Happy Monday Rosie xoxo

  • A good tip I use, is to use mixed salad leaves – It looks more colourful so you therefore think you’re eating more and get fuller quicker! *She says as she munches down on her tuna salad*

    Katie <3

  • Grace

    I love that you’ve called it a gateway salad! You’re right. I do love salads but this one looks lovely to me too! Great post x

  • This looks soooo yum!!!!

  • Charlotte

    Yum that looks good.
    On the salad theme, I made a butternut Squash, Quinoa, Giant Couscous, tender stem broccoli and green bean salad for lunch today. It is perfect for a Tupperware lunch and really yummy and healthy.
    I love the fact that your promoting a healthy balanced diet, you look fab from it and proves you can love food whilst have an incred figure. you are a great role model!

  • This looks mouthwatering. Pinning this for later use πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe girly!

  • Danielle

    Yum! It would be hard to make this where I live, as garden veggies are scarce in the winter. But I will definitely try to recreate this in a handful of months! Thanks for sharing.

    Danielle @

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  • AmandaC1

    awesome! I’ll definitely be giving this a go πŸ™‚

  • Hemylle Karollyne

    Looks sooo yummi!

  • FrederiqueB

    thanks for the recipe πŸ˜€ I am a big fan of salad and recently discovered that only 2 of 3 tiny drops of sesame oΓ―l (“Chee Seng 100% Pure Sesame Oil” is the one I use) can make such a difference! it adds a really subtle asian flavour to it πŸ™‚ something easy & healthy to make : grated zucchini and carrots + a dash of soy sauce + 3 drops of sesame oΓ―l and it’s all done! πŸ™‚

  • Devon Taylor

    I know what I’m whipping up for dinner tonight! Thanks Rosie – def on the Anti-Diet train πŸ™‚

  • This looks awesome! I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes so I might swap them for some corn and black beans or maybe add some tuna or stuff the whole thing into a pita or a wrap. Your food posts always make me SO hungry!

  • Lisa S

    Delicious – love a fabulous salad. Anytime of the year!

  • That looks delicious. Now this is how you do a salad!

  • Sepideh

    Huge salads like this are amazing! I love making them for lunch when I’m at home…!! To make it easier, I try to prepare different ingredients and leave them in my fridge so that it’s easy to just put together a salad (from veggies like green/red/yellow peppers and broccoli, to ‘extra’ ingredients like beans or chicken strips..) SO GOOD!

  • This is one salad I’m more than willing to inhale. Yum!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Amilia Sofia

    Can you do some healthy veggie meals? πŸ™‚

  • Joey Ebbutt

    Looks so good! Definitely trying this, and have been looking for an easy salad dressing so thanks!
    J x

  • Looks great and super easy to do! I’m not too big on bacon though (French alien, hello!).
    Looking forward to more postings from you soon!

  • I had a salad exactly like this at Beagle this weekend, but it was ragstone cheese instead.
    So so delicious! After all, anything with bacon is bound to be delicious..

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Happy new year πŸ™‚

    This looks yum as always – Definitely a fan of ‘diets’ you can maintain and not silly ones that never last! My kinda girl!

    Mollie xoxo

  • Rosie since you’re a bacon lover I have a suggestion for you. It’s only the best bacon EVER! Benton’s Bacon. Its the tiniest little shop outside Knoxville, TN and is being used around the US by some of the top chefs. When I cook it at home I open all the windows and inevitably someone knocks on my door to find out what I’m cooking. It’s nice thick (like really thick!) smoky bacon. Here’s the link: .

  • Bacon and cheese in a bowl, now we’re talking. Gladly swapping soup for salad tomorrow. Thanks for the help! x

  • Bacon (a.k.a. Meat Candy) makes everything better.

    – Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  • Eleri Roberts

    This is the salad of my dreams! Fab post πŸ™‚ xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • This looks like a great way to kick start a healthy new year! I think this year I will have to make an effort to blog less about cake and more about healthy options, but then cake is just so damn good at being photogenic! You are so right about giving up on fad diets, this year is all about health and well being, love your blog Rose xx πŸ™‚

  • Jo Fisher

    Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to get home and try it myself πŸ™‚ Thank you Rosie – I can always rely on you for something tasty, stunning and normally naughty!

    Jo xxx

  • Bookmarked and pinned and made and devoured! Delicious.

  • Heather Davis

    Oh my gosh, this looks AMAZING. Definitely making this ASAP….


  • Michelle
  • Sounds lovely, I really need to eat more salad!

  • The slow pace

    I’ve just seen your last burger post… but after the holidays I better go for this salad. This time. It’s school night. But weekend is different. Weekend is for burgers. πŸ˜‰

  • This is the perfect recipe for my boyfriend! He’s always saying he wants to eat more salads – I think this may help him want to eat them!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xO Kristen

  • Yum. My.

  • I know what I’m taking to work for lunch this week!

  • I had this the other night! I used goat cheese instead of feta. It was great! I sweetened up the dressing with a bit of maple syrup…like a true Canadian.

  • Christin Jamieson

    This was fab! We tried it last night and served with your roast chicken recipe. Next time (and there will be a next time!) we might switch it up with fresh basil in place of the cilantro. Thank you for a lovely and delicious way to cheer up one of our cold and rainy Seattle evenings. πŸ™‚

  • Tatiana Druckrey

    Who said its not healthy????? Its great! Fats in this salad are VERY good for you!

  • Tatiana Druckrey

    Forgot to say thank u! Thank you!

  • Nora Clare

    I am definitely making this for Easter brunch!

  • JOI

    oh my delicious! Thank you for this recipe. I made it and LOVED it