BLT Grilled Cheese Salad with Ranch Dressing

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BLT Grilled Cheese Salad

Yep, this one is a typical BLT salad with the addition of some grilled cheese “croutons.”  The Newman’s® Own Ranch Dressing really finishes it off nicely.  This is one that the kiddos will enjoy too!


Ten finalists for the Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Salad Recipe Contest have been posted online at  for public voting (September 21- October 5) to help determine the top nine finalists and the Grand Prize winners!

Greens for Good Contest SemifinalistsHere’s the list of finalists, their chosen charity and their salad!

Chef Hugh Acheson will be judging the top 10 semi-finalist recipes and will help to decide the winner of the contest.  On October 21, 2015 Newman’s Own will announce the $35,000 grand prize winner and charity, as well as nine runners-up, who will each have $1,000 donated to a charity of their choice.  Be sure to vote for your favorite, and good luck to the semi-finalists!

BLT Grilled Cheese Salad

If I had entered the contest, this is the recipe I would have gone with.  It’s easy.  It’s family friendly.  And it’s totally delicious!  Those little grilled cheese croutons are the best!

BLT Grilled Cheese Salad

The ranch dressing used in the recipe is key to making it really good.  Ranch goes perfectly with tomatoes and bacon and grilled cheese.  It was a good choice!

BLT Grilled Cheese Salad with Ranch Dressing -

I make salad pretty much every single day in my house, and I’m always trying to find new ways to top my greens.  I think you’ll find that this salad recipe is a good one!

Here are a few salad tips from Chef Hugh Acheson:

  • Store your lettuces in sealable plastic bags wrapped in a damp paper towel (I do this!)
  • Expand your vision of the crouton.  Bagel chips and crisp farro can play the role of good crispness in salads (I wonder if he’d be impressed with my croutons?!)
  • Add crisp apple or pear and some good cheese and make that salad a full meal (I agree!)
  • Crisping tofu in the oven is an easy way to get protein into any salad (I haven’t tried this one yet)
  • Make a salad based on what you have in the refrigerator and not what you think you need (great tip!)

BLT Grilled Cheese Salad with Ranch Dressing

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

  • 2 handfuls chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 handfuls chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups pear tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 grilled cheese sandwich, crusts removed and cut into cubes
  • Newman's Own Ranch Dressing
  1. Divide lettuce between two large salad bowls.  Sprinkle tomatoes and bacon on top.  Add grilled cheese cubes.
  2. Drizzle with dressing, and serve!
  • For your grilled cheese sandwich in this recipe, I think sharp cheddar and sourdough bread work great!

Here are a few more BLT salad recipes you might enjoy:

Disclosure:  This post was written in partnership with Newman’s Own to help spread the word about their Greens for Good Salad Recipe Contest.  Any opinions shared about their products are entirely my own.


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  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    I love this salad Lori. My hooligans would go crazy for this, especially B. He’s so into grilled cheese. I love Newman”s Own, it’s always in my fridge. I can’t wait to try this. 

  • Alida wrote:

    This is such an incredible salad! LOVE the grilled cheese croutons!

  • Carla wrote:

    Loving the grilled cheese croutons on top!

  • Canary Wharf wrote:

    OK, I’m actually drooling from these photos. I was looking for something easy to cook up. At first I thought that this is way out of my league and then I read the salad tips from Hugh Acheson. The one that made the biggest impression was – Make a salad based on what you have in the refrigerator and not what you think you need. Great tip indeed.

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    What a fun and inventive salad! I LOVE Newman’s Own salad dressing because they are super fresh and have so many delicious flavors. All the salads in the contest look amazing. It would be hard to pick just one!

  • Liz wrote:

    What a fun way to enjoy the fabulous flavors of a BLT all year round. And topping with grilled cheese croutons???? Genius!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks wrote:

    This is a salad my boyfriend would LOVE! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog today. So great to e-meet you!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thank you- you too!

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    I’m 100% in love with the little grilled cheese croutons on this salad! I mean I thought it looked great at first glance but now I’m really in love! 

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    Wow!  Loving this salad!  All of the finalists recipes sound amazing!!  Best of luck to everyone 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks wrote:

    I literally sighed an out loud sigh when I saw the picture of the salad and I realized those were grilled cheese croutons!! Perfection.

  • Nicole wrote:

    Now this is my kind of salad!

  • Heidi @foodiecrush wrote:

    Wow, that’s a serious contest and what a prize! As a grilled cheese fanatic, you know I’m digging your grilled cheese croutons. Tasty.

  • Tori wrote:

    This salad looks amazing!!!

  • Rachel Cooks wrote:

    I’m loving those croutons!