As a new mama, you probably spent a lot of your time worrying about whether you should eat this or that. But now that baby's here, guess what? It's time to indulge a little. If bacon was at the top of your pregnancy cravings, here's a crunchy BLT chopped salad recipe that will bring you joy. And all in under 30 minutes.

Crunchy BLT Chopped Salad Recipe

Serves 2

  • 5.5 ounces bacon thinly sliced
  • ½ head of iceberg lettuce – cut in small chunks or thick strips
  • 20 large (or 40 medium) basil leaves (10 for dressing, 10 for salad)
  • 3 T Mayonnaise
  • 3 T Creme fraiche
  • 3 T Red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 - 1/4 t Sea salt - depending on saltiness of your bacon
  • 1/2 t Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Medium-large tomatoes – cut in strips
  • 1 Avocado – thinly sliced (if you're an avocado lover, you can add more)

*be careful with salt as the bacon is already salty

-Cook your bacon until nice and golden brown and set aside on a paper towel, 2-4 minutes per side depending on thickness. The thin cut bacon works well here for timing as well as crunchiness.

-While the bacon is cooking, roll together 10 of the basil leaves and roughly chop. Place in a small handheld Cuisinart mixer or small mixing bowl. Add creme fraiche, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt & pepper and mix well. If using a bowl mix with a whisk try to break up or bruise the basil so it incorporates well into the dressing. Set aside.

-Slice your lettuce and place in the serving bowl. You want smaller strips or bite size chunks, not bigger leaves.

-Roughly chiffonade or chop the other 10 basil leaves and mix in with the lettuce in the serving bowl.

-Seed and slice the tomato and place on top of lettuce.

-Thinly slice the avocado and place on top of the tomato.

-Break up the bacon in bite size pieces and place on top of the avocado.

-Finally, drizzle your dressing atop the salad and mix well before eating.