Bacon, Lettuce & Cherry Tomato Salad with Aioli

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed and torn or 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels. Crumble bacon coarsely. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from skillet; reserve skillet.

Place lettuce and tomatoes in large serving bowl. Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, then mayonnaise and vinegar; whisk until blended, 30 to 40 seconds. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over lettuce and tomatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle bacon over. Serve immediately.

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