ffwD: Deconstructed BLT and Eggs

This week’s ffwD assignment was pretty much what I expected. A very tasty salad though a bit involved in terms of preparation. When I think salads, I’m a fan of the dump and toss method. But, of course, not only does Dorie make a tasty yet involved salad, it’s a pretty one as well: the arugula and sun-dried tomatoes tossed with vinaigrette as the first layer, the fresh tomatoes and chopped bacon as the second, and finally the mayonnaise-dabbed eggs with pan-fried croutons as the crowning finish.

I didn’t want to buy a whole jar of sun-dried tomatoes or grape tomatoes since I had some nice vine-ripened ones on hand. So, I used them instead to make Nigella Lawson’s moonblushed tomatoes and as the chopped fresh tomatoes. For a bit of zing, I took a small amount of the moonblushed tomatoes and blended them into the mayonnaise. And, of course, I left out the mustard when I made my white wine vinaigrette. Overall, I really did enjoy how all the flavors tasted together, especially the slightly crunchy croutons against the tender, vinaigrette-coated arugula.

To see how other bloggers fared with their deconstructed BLT and eggs, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anita Menon
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 00:06:41

    Such a wholesome salad and it looks beautiful too

  2. Elin
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 01:35:53

    This salad looks good…Dorie never fails to deliver .a good salad especially her vinaigrette…mmm I am going to make this for my next salad making. Could not make this in time for FFWD 😦 was away from home the last few days :p Glad that you loved this salad. Well done ! Happy FFWD !

  3. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 02:09:06

    Your salad looks so pretty, and also incredibly delicious!

  4. oneexpatslife
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 03:09:51

    Your salad looks amazing. Love your idea of adding chopped tomatoes to the mayonnaise, classes it up a bit.

  5. muppy
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 05:51:54

    yum!! so tasty πŸ™‚

  6. Three-Cookies
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 06:04:01

    Looks awesome, its actually making me hungry even though I just had lunch

  7. Liz
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 06:36:29

    Beautiful!!! Love the deep color of your croutons (I forgot to use mine…oops) and your mayo addition!

  8. Alice
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 06:46:07

    In your vinaigrette did you just replace the red wine vinegar with white wine? It sounds tasty!

  9. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:18:37

    Love things deconstructed and this salad is one of them! The idea of the crunchy bacon with the perfectly cooked eggs and dressing is amazing! Who could resist?

  10. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:19:38

    Okay i swear I just left a comment and it didn;t go through. Okay, so to sum up the last comment I left- I LOVE THIS! It looks fantastic and I so enjoy seeing dishes deconstructed so to speak!

  11. Eileen
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:20:59

    I love the idea of mixing the tomatoes into the mayo. Sounds good.

  12. Ronda
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:32:25

    Wow! That looks so pretty!

  13. Stefanie
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:34:29

    Looks delish! Love the idea of adding hard boiled eggs, and everything looks wonderful together!! Nice call with the moonblushed tomatoes, too πŸ™‚

  14. Frankly Entertaining
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:35:39

    I loved this salad as well. Your presentation is beautiful!

  15. mary
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:57:07

    It’s a beautiful salad – so very french and very pretty – I’m sure the flavors were wonderful – a perfect lunch!

  16. Louise
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 08:07:48

    I’m normally a “dump and toss” kinda gal too but in this salad, the perfect placement of all the goodies and that luscious dressing are simply calling my name. It really looks yummy, Yummy!

    Thanks for sharing…

  17. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 09:08:26

    I like how you added the tomatoes to the mayo…it looks a bit like thousand island dressing. Love all the colors on this plate!

  18. Genkinaonna
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 09:49:13

    Lovely salad, beautiful pictures! It seemed like this one was pretty photogenic!

  19. JamieAnne
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 09:55:07

    This looks amazing! Yum!

  20. Peggy
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:19:07

    what a beautiful salad!

  21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:41:38

    Wow, that looks awesome.

  22. spicegirlfla
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 11:03:51

    This is a gorgeous salad, I could dig right in!! Love your idea to incorporate the tomatoes into the mayo!

  23. Miriam Barton
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 11:33:13

    What a delicious salad! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  24. ambrosiana
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 12:08:31

    Lovely lovely lovely!! I am nuts with this recipe…I love eggs with salads and this deconstructed BLT is such a clever dish!!

  25. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 13:35:59

    I don’t like mustard, but I left it in the vinagrette and was surprised that I didn’t notice the flavor. As always, your salad looks wonderful and I love the idea of putting some tomatoes in the mayo. Bravo.

  26. ceciliag
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 14:21:54

    yum that is a whole meal on a plate, i love to eat like that.. c

  27. jdaniel4smom
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 15:00:20

    This looks wonderful. It is filled with my favorite things.

  28. kankana
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 15:50:09

    Such a wholesome colorful salad. You have a wonderful weekend!

  29. Lola's Kitchen
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 16:38:44

    The tomatoes in the mayo was an excellent idea!

  30. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 19:23:34

    Moonblushed tomatoes are quite intriguing! Gorgeous salad! Happy French Friday!

  31. SoupAddict
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 19:24:43

    Oven roasted/dried tomatoes in the mayo – brilliant! I bet it was so sweet and savory. I’m totally borrowing that the next time I use mayo. πŸ™‚

  32. betsy
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 19:43:39

    I want to try those moon-blushed tomatoes. You’ve mentioned them a couple of times now. And, like the others, I agree it was a great idea to mix tomatoes into the mayo. Your salad looks great!

  33. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 21:00:21

    Oh yum! I love eggs in salad and I like how you added tomatos to the mayo–beautiful dish. πŸ™‚

  34. Elaine
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 21:28:16

    I still have not make Nigella’s moonblushed tomatoes, but every time I read that you have it makes me want some so much. Your photos are wonderful.

  35. Cher
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 06:00:44

    No dump and go for our Dorie! But a tasty salad, for sure…

  36. Cakelaw
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 06:10:16

    Your salad looks superb – makes me want it all over again.

  37. Kathy
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 07:26:50

    Great looking salad…I also used slow roasted tomatoes! I like them better then the jarred sun dried and they added such flavor to the salad! Love your photos!

  38. Simply Life
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 08:17:20

    oh that salad looks fabulous!

  39. Trevor Sis Boom
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 10:12:34

    Love the idea of blushing up the mayo! I’m going to totally steal that when I finally get around to this salad. .. which I wasn’t going to do until I read about your mayo. lol.

  40. Andi Winslow
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 12:52:30

    Ms, Yummy this salad looks delicious, and very pretty just waiting for you to bite into it. Andi

  41. Kelly
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 15:00:08

    love it! It’s like reverse engineering πŸ™‚ Delicious looking salad.

  42. peachkins
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 19:09:22

    I love deconstructed anything! This is brilliant!

  43. chunklet's mom
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 20:31:28

    Looks really good!

  44. Krissy
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 22:53:47

    Your salad is a beautiful work of art. Nice photos. Pretty colors. Bet it tasted really good…can’t help it with all the good ingredients.

  45. Beth
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 14:30:28

    This salad looks wonderful. I’ll definitely bookmark it and give it a try!

  46. Betty
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 22:57:17

    So glad there are still some summer tomatoes- this looks yummy! πŸ™‚

  47. Bizzy
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:13:24

    This is a beauty of a salad. Looks better than any sandwich, I know.

  48. Life is Full
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 21:09:37

    Your salad looks amazing!!!

  49. Melissa
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 05:13:52

    Drooling all over the place! Looks so delicious. Loving the pan-fried croutons, yummy!

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