ORGANIC PRODUCE HAS SOME OF THE BEST FLAVOURS IN THE WORLD
I wasn’t sure if I should call this recipe Tomato Bacon Salad or Bacon Tomato Salad so I went with both only because there’s lots of cherry tomatoes and tonnes of bacon!
There’s no pasta or bread in this creamy Bacon Tomato Salad just fresh clean ingredients.
All you need is a fork, an appetite for freshness and a love for tomatoes and bacon.
My wife who runs her body on a Keto diet said she was in the mood for a bacon tomato sandwich loaded with mayonnaise on oopsie bread or savoury low-carb waffles.
The Oopsie bread and waffles are alternatives to adding extra carbs from eating traditional breads but we didn’t have any made.
Related: Grocery Shopping for a Paleo Diet
With the humidity and heat in Ontario reaching unbearable highs turning on the oven was the last thing we wanted to do.
We were fortunate enough to get a huge bowl of organic cherry tomatoes from my sister-in-law and organic garlic from my father-in-law along with our fresh basil that we grow every year.
There are 3 main ingredients for this creamy bacon tomato salad.
What better way to celebrate a bacon tomato sandwich then to deconstruct it so you can eat it with a fork.
Along the way my wife and I added a few extras to the bacon tomato salad to boost flavours, fat and textures.
Avocados are a staple in just about any low-carb diet and both my wife, toddler and I love them.
If we could grow avocados in Ontario we would but we know that would never happen.
They are full of healthy fats and a great way to add fat to a keto diet such as the Atkins diet.
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The dressing for the bacon tomato salad is a combination of mayonnaise, salt, pepper and apple cider vinegar mixed in a bowl and poured generously over the salad to coat everything.
You can also substitute the olive oil for bacon fat if you want to boost the fat content of the salad even more.
Generally, a good olive oil is all you need when making any type of salad.
Surprisingly, you will find hard-boiled eggs on top of our bacon tomato salad to boost protein and fats.
The addition of eggs taste as if you are eating an egg salad sandwich and bacon tomato sandwich at the same time.
This is optional though.
It’s good, trust me we’ve made this recipe a few times now and the entire bowl of cherry tomatoes are gone.
Garden Fresh Organic Vegetables
We’re hoping for another free bowl of tomato pickings to come our way but that might require more babysitting by Aunty Mrs.CBB.
There’s nothing better than tasting fresh produce from the garden and between in-laws there’s more than enough to feed 10 families.
If your grocery budget is slim like ours and can’t always afford to buy organic then simply use non-organic produce instead.
Organic garlic can be pungent which adds to the flavour of this tomato bacon salad if affordable.
Related: Local Organic Food Sources In Canada Find out where to source organic produce close to you.
Alternatively make friends with gardeners in your area and swap services or watch for home gardeners who give away free produce.
Everything is better with BACON
Keto diet eating means you can indulge in bacon almost every day of the week if you like but in moderation.
My wife typically will have 2-4 slices of bacon when she eats it to keep her protein and fats high.
Keto-living is not about just protein so it’s important to get a good balance of fats, protein and minimize carbs.
These days bacon is not cheap so when it goes on sale we stock up and add it to our freezer inventory list.
We’ve thought about buying a pig and making our own bacon but we don’t have the time, nor the space as we live in the city.
Good bacon can cost about $10 or more each pound but when you have a tight grocery budget you go for the best deal.
Lately we’ve found bacon for about $2.88lb, $2.99lb or buy one get one free for 375g- 1lb.
We often look for reduced bacon on sale for 50% off price stickers to help keep our keto diet costs lower.
If you on a keto diet and eating bacon be aware of the carb count on the nutrition label as some companies add sugar to their bacon.
The spike in sugar may kick you out of ketosis which is not something you want happening on your keto diet.
How to cook the best crispy bacon
Bacon lovers rejoice…it’s time to get cooking!!
We bake our bacon in the oven but not this summer, hell no.
We conveniently have a counter-top convection oven that we use for just about anything that requires the oven.
The bacon cooks evenly and without all the mess which is fine with us.
We save the bacon fat in a container that we store in our refrigerator to use as a fat for preparing keto meals.
The key to the best cooked bacon is low and slow and you’ll find that crispy texture stays crispy.
The idea with bacon baking is a uniform colour and just the right amount of crunch, especially for a tomato bacon salad like this one.
How to make Keto Creamy Bacon Tomato Salad
- 4 cups of organic cherry tomatoes halved (15 cherry tomatoes per cup whole)
- 1 cup of organic fresh basil chopped
- ½ cup chopped fresh organic chives
- 3 cloves of organic garlic
- 1 organic avocado chopped into chunks
- 1lb bacon cooked low and slow
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh black cracked pepper
- 1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon bacon fat (optional)
- 4-6 hard-boiled eggs
- Note: If you don't have organic you can simply use fresh produce from the supermarket.
- In a large bowl add your cleaned and halved cherry tomatoes, bacon pieces which I like to make a bit larger so they stand out on the plate, avocado chunks, chopped basil,garlic, salt, pepper and chives.
- In a small mixing bowl add your mayonnaise, extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar then mix with a spoon. Pour this mixture over your tomato salad and gently mix so you fold the dressing into the salad.
- Let the salad sit covered on the counter for about 10 minutes so the flavours come together and serve. We top each serving with a hard-boiled egg but this is optional as well.
- I also save a bit of the bacon to top on each serving at the end so it makes the dish stand out as well but this is optional.
We like to create a variety of keto salads in the summer so we don’t get bored of eating the same keto recipes.
Use your imagination like we did today to create this creamy bacon tomato salad and add what you like.
This keto salad can be eaten as a full-meal or side-dish to a nice grilled steak or sausages.
Nutrition : Total Net Carbs for entire recipe including 4 eggs = 41.30g/6 servings= 6.86 net carbs per serving.
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