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Grilled BLTA gem salad on a platter with serving utensils, plates, and drinks.

Grilled BLTA Gem Salad

Teri & Jenny
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 265 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 heads gem lettuce, halved lengthwise
  • 6 rashers cooked bacon, cut into 1-2” pieces
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, lightly blistered
  • ½ avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced and lightly grilled
  • 2 ounces crumbled bleu cheese

buttermilk-bleu cheese dressing

  • 2 ounces crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • cup buttermilk
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Brush cut halves of each gem lettuce head with oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Sear on a hot grill, cut-side down, for 30 seconds. Remove gem halves and transfer them onto a platter.
  • Top grilled gems with bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, crumbled bleu cheese, and a generous drizzle of dressing.
  • Finish salad with lemon zest, more crumbled bleu cheese and cracked black pepper. Serve.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 505mgPotassium: 513mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3186IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 242mgIron: 1mg
Keyword salad
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