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Put a fresh spin on your BLT with this healthy summer salad recipe

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The definition of healthy eating does change as you age.

As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before.

According to the National Council on Aging, your body also needs more of certain nutrients. That means it’s more important than ever to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.

Eating a variety of foods is important, and a healthy meal should include vegetables – think orange, red, green and purple!

Simple summer salads are a great way to keep you healthy. Summer salads provide a fresh and colorful meal that’s bursting with flavor – and most ingredients can come fresh from your local Farmer’s Market!

A delicious BLT Salad with homemade Buttermilk-Parmesan Dressing only takes 20 minutes to make and the results are well worth the effort:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Prepare Croutons

Toss together 2 1/2 cups of cubed white bread, 3 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Place on a baking sheet, and bake 7-8 minutes.

Remove from oven and set aside.

Tip: Bake the croutons with 6 slices of bacon on the same baking sheet!

Step 3: Prepare dressing

Combine 1 tablespoon minced shallot and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar in a medium mixing bowl, and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup buttermilk with the following: 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

Step 4: Make salad

Arrange 12 ounces romaine lettuce hearts onto a serving platter. Top with 1.5 pounds sliced tomatoes and chopped bacon, and drizzle with 3 Tbsp. of dressing. Add croutons, parsley, and basil. Serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living

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