When it's just not quite fresh tomato season yet, the trick of barely cooking the tomatoes will make the flavors sing in this Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Salad. And this amazing salad is low-carb, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and with approved bacon it's Whole 30 or Paleo.
I bet I'm not the only tomato lover who longs for fresh tomato season and starts buying tomatoes in the store, even when I know they aren't going to be nearly as good as fresh garden tomatoes. Raise your hand if you're also one of those people who crave tomatoes early in the summer.
While nothing can really replace the flavor of a freshly-picked and vine-ripened tomato, if you have tomatoes that are pretty good, you can bump up the flavor a lot by barely cooking them, and that trick of warming up the tomatoes is the secret to the amazing flavor in this Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Salad. And believe me when I say this salad was just as good as it looks!
And there's a fun story about how I learned this trick of warming the tomatoes. In 2006 when I was a teacher/food blogger, a student gave me The Ultimate Low-Carb Cookbook as a teacher gift, and a recipe in that book is where I learned to add more ripe tomato flavor to tomatoes by warming them. Now the book is so old you can buy it from Amazon for $.01, but I still treasure the memory of what a thoughtful gift that was for a parent to give their child's teacher!
The salad that inspired this one didn't have avocado, and we cut down on the amount of bacon (which you can reduce even more if you want to make the salad even more South Beach Diet friendly). But everything about this salad combination just screams SUMMER, and if you're longing for that fresh tomato flavor, I hope this will help you get through the next few weeks!