Smoked Tomato and Bacon Vinaigrette

This smoked tomato and bacon vinaigrette is delicious on salads or as a marinade. It’s full of flavor, but each 2 Tablespoon serving clocks in at just 70 calories! BLT Pasta Salad with Smoked Tomato  and Bacon Vinaigrette // @HealthyDelish

Two weeks ago, I spent a long weekend in Miami attending a blogging conference and spending some much-needed time at the beach. I had been in a bit of a creative rut for the past month or so, and spending time exploring new cuisines with some of my foodie friends was just what the doctor ordered. I’m back – with pages and pages of new recipe ideas.

If there was a theme to my time there, it was definitely pork. From cuban sandwiches at a roadside shack in Key Biscane to slow roasted pork leg at Havana 1957 in Miami Beach to Southern-style barbecue (and an outrageous smoked and pulled pork sandwich) with my contacts from Jones Dairy Farm at a restaurant with a very appropriate name: Swine.

Plum Tomatoes Jones Dairy Farm Applewood Bacon

This smoked tomato and bacon vinaigrette was inspired in part by that lunch and in part by a smoked tomato jam that was served at the conference itself. Of all of the ideas that I came home with, this was the one that I was the most excited about. I got to work straight-away and was rewarded with an amazingly versatile dressing that I’ll definitely be eating all summer long.

The base of the dressing is made from tomatoes that get charred on a hot grill and then pureed with balsamic vinegar for sweetness and red wine vinegar for tartness and mixed with crumbled bacon and crispy fried shallots and garlic.  A little bit of smoked paprika is a nice touch to enhance the smoky flavor of the dressing.

It’s delicious as a marinade for grilled chicken, drizzled over fresh tomatoes and burrata, or in the BLT pasta salad pictured above. (To make the salad, combine 1 cup smoked tomato and bacon vinaigrette with 1 box of high fiber pasta, 2 cups of arugula, 6 slices of crumbled bacon, and 1/2 pint of grape tomatoes. Serve chilled.)

Smoked Tomato and Bacon Vinaigrette // @HealthyDelish

Smoked Tomato and Bacon Vinaigrette
 
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As always, I used Jones Dairy Farm bacon in this dressing. I first tried it last fall and it's so good that I can't bring myself to buy any other brand: it's thick-cut with the perfect balance of smoke and salt. My little brothers now refer to it as "that really good bacon." It can be a little tricky to find, but Jones luckily has a really great product locator on their site that will guide you in the right direction.
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon, preferably Jones Dairy Farm Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Preparation
  1. Add the bacon to a pan set over medium high heat. Cook, turning frequently, until crisp. Let drain on a plate lined with a paper towel, then crumble. Add the shallot and garlic to the hot bacon grease and cook until crisp – 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan and let drain on paper towels.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half; remove the core and seeds. Grill over medium-high heat (about 500ºF) for 5 minutes, or until lightly charred.
  3. Add the tomatoes, vinegars, water and paprika (if using) to a blender container. Blend on high until smooth – about 1 minute. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Pour into a pint-sided jar or other storage container. Stir in the bacon, shallots, and onions.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 70 Fat: 5.8 Carbohydrates: 2.6 Fiber: 0.5 Protein: 1.9

Disclosure: I was paid to create this recipe for Jones Dairy Farm but all opinions are my own. My little brothers were not paid for anything. In fact, I don’t even want to share my bacon with them. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen!

Comments

  1. Wow, that looks delicious! I love homemade dressings and sauces, I’ll have to try this variation sometime. :)

  2. Lauren, the first picture of the pasta salad makes we want to run and get a fork. I bet this vinaigrette would be tasty on a wrap too!

  3. I really love this recipe and I SUPER love that it’s only 70 cals! Yay!

  4. Oh my goodness – this sounds amazing! What a fantastic combination of flavors Lauren!

  5. making this

  6. I’ve been trying to have a salad every day, and I’ve been getting bored with my dressing choices. I’m going to have to add this one to the rotation!

  7. I could drink that. The end.

  8. Wow my husband would love this!!

  9. Bacon? 70 calories? I’m in!

  10. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I never imagined using bacon like this…now I’ll be thinking about it until I make it!!

  11. Homemade dressings are the best and too easy to not do!! Love the bacon and the smoked paprika!

  12. Can’t wait to try this. Here in Hawke’s Bay NZ we have lovely Holly Bacon and lovely locally smoked Orcona Sweet Smoked Paprika plus Village Press Olive Oil so will look forward to making it with our local foods.

  13. WOW!! This is super creative! Love it :)

  14. I really, really need to make bacon lamb so I can make this delicious recipe, Lauren! Love the jar photo there at the end. BTW, I don’t eat pork hence the lamb bacon, but if I did, I would be all over this. :)

  15. This recipe is great….AND even better with bacon :)

  16. This sounds so delicious. I’m sure I would have shied away from it though…until you said…just 70 calories. Now, I’m ready to enjoy this on my next salad, pronto!

  17. Ginny McMeans says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Very inventive!

  18. Ummmmm I want to bathe in this dressing…is that too much?

  19. :-O!!!

    That’s me – Screaming my excitement! I’d love nothing more than to drink this from the mason jar. I’ll behave and saturate my salads with it instead…

  20. Anything with bacon is immediately a winner in my book! Your salad and that dressing look superb, Lauren!

  21. Love love love this!

  22. Goodness I can’t wait to try this! Especially with fresh garden tomatoes popping up soon.

  23. OMG — I need to make this RIGHT. AWAY. Sounds amazing!

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