BLT Chopped Salad

I would like to thank the inventor of the chopped salad, then double thank the inventor of the BLT. We’re combining both works of genius into a big, beautiful salad today: BLT Chopped Salad with Feta and Corn! It’s super summery, creamy and crunchy, and, unlike just about every salad I’ve ever ordered in a restaurant, blessedly low maintenance to munch.

BLT Chopped Salad with Feta and Sweet Corn. Everyone’s favorite sandwich turned into an easy, delicious salad that’s perfect for parties and potlucks! Tastes great at room temperature and can last for days in the refrigerator, so it’s great for healthy meal planning too. The ultimate summer salad recipe! Recipe at | @wellplated

Maybe I’m unusually bad with a knife and fork, but I feel like every time I order a salad at a restaurant, I end up knocking half of it off my plate in a futile attempt to cut myself a manageable bite.

It’s even worse when I attempt to coerce a bit of each ingredient onto my fork.

Before my first bite, I’ve usually spilled at least four or five drippy salad leaves onto the table, along with a few coveted crispy pieces of bacon. This is the point in the meal when I consider my company. Would they judge me if I snuck the leaves back on my plate?

Surely they wouldn’t judge me for reclaiming the lost bacon.

Easy BLT Chopped Salad with Feta and Sweet Corn. Kale replaces traditional butter lettuce, so it’s healthier, great for meal prep, and can sit for hours at room temperature. Recipe at | @wellplated

I love my salads, but I don’t always want to work so hard to eat them. Give me my greens, my toppings, and let my fork and I conduct our business with minimum aggravation, please.

Fortunately for us salad-spillers, the chopped salad agrees. Not only do chopped salads come precut for easy eating, the even distribution of ingredients ensures that you get a little bit of everything with each bite.

BLT Chopped Salad with feta and sweet corn. The perfect salad for summer! Can be prepped in advance and tastes great at room temperature, so it’s great for meal planning, and as a picnic, potluck, or barbecue side dish. Recipe at | @wellplated

Now, let’s talk BLT. Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. It’s a classic year-round, but with summer tomatoes entering their juicy prime, now is my favorite time to enjoy it.

The Sandwich-Inspired BLT Chopped Salad

For this BLT-inspired salad recipe, I swapped the classic butter lettuce for heartier kale, which not only can better hold up to the “chop” (butter lettuce tends to become mushy and watery when cut and tossed), but also actually tastes even better after it’s sliced.

If your experience of kale salads thus far is best summarized by piles of tough, overpowering greens that feel more like a workout for your jaw than an enjoyable meal, I understand.

I am also determined to change your mind.

Chopped BLT Salad with Feta and Sweet Corn. Add extra bacon and avocado for even more flavor! Recipe at | @wellplated

The universe is plagued by a lot of bad kale salads, several of which I’ve had the misfortune to experience in restaurants. While there are a wide range of kale salad offenses (too many stems, lack of good toppings, not enough or too much dressing), the most common I see is that the kale has not been massaged.

Yes, massaged. If you finely chop the kale, then spend a few minutes gently squeezing it with your hands, the kale become more tender and its flavor mellows into something that’s not just pleasant—it’s delicious. As a bonus, you will feel super-duper healthy and empowered after you eat it too.

In addition to their taste/health benefits, I also love kale salads because they are hearty enough to last in my refrigerator for days. You can prep a big kale salad on the weekend and eat it for quick, healthy lunches all week long.

OK, now that we’ve covered the “L” (er, K) portion of this BLT Chopped Salad rather exhaustively (I’ve convinced you to try it with kale, right?), let’s move along to the “B” and “T.”

Chopped BLT Salad with Feta, Sweet Corn, and an easy lime dressing. Tastes even better than a restaurant chopped salad! Recipe at | @wellplated

The “B” might as well stand for “Best Thing in Life.” Thick, crispy bacon is the heart of a BLT. Buy the good stuff, and then bake your bacon in the oven. It’s worth it!

For the “T,” I added plump cherry tomatoes for freshness, along with a handful of sun-dried tomatoes for their rich, concentrated flavor. The fresh tomatoes are the staple, but it’s the sun-dried ones that make the BLT Chopped Salad taste special.

The feta and sweet corn I added for color, flavor, and because they are ultra yummy. The corn makes the salad extra fresh and summery, and the creamy, salty feta makes the BLT Chopped Salad taste complete.

Easy BLT Salad with Feta, Sweet Corn, and Kale. Recipe at | @wellplated

Whether you need a dish for a summer potluck or are looking for a little summer lunch or light dinner inspiration, this BLT Chopped Salad does not disappoint. It’s a classic with a twist that’s still sure to please a crowd…and won’t end up spilled all over your table.

Love all things BLT? Be sure to check out these BLT-themed recipes:

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Grilled Cheese

BLT Chopped Salad with Feta and Sweet Corn. Everyone’s favorite sandwich turned into an easy, delicious salad that’s perfect for parties and potlucks! Tastes great at room temperature and can last for days in the refrigerator, so it’s great for healthy meal planning too. The ultimate summer salad recipe! Recipe at | @wellplated
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BLT Chopped Salad

Yield: 12 cups approx. (3–4 main, 6 side salads)
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
BLT Chopped Salad with Feta, Sweet Corn, and Kale. Easy, packed with flavor, and tastes great at room temperature, so it's perfect for parties and potlucks.


For the BLT Chopped Salad:

  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon — about 9 ounces
  • 1/2 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes — not the kind packed in oil
  • 8 cups kale — tough stems removed and chopped (about 14 to 16 ounces with stems or 8 ounces without)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes — halved
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet corn kernels  — fresh, frozen and thawed, or drained from a can
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green — or red onion

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice — from about 2 medium limes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the bacon according to these directions for Baked Bacon. Once cooked, remove to a plate and pat dry. Let cool, then chop.
  2. Meanwhile, place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl. Top with very hot water and let sit for a few minutes to rehydrate while you prepare the other ingredients. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Place the chopped kale in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Massage with your hands by grabbing large handfuls a few at a time and squeezing gently until the kale is darker in color and more fragrant (this step makes the kale more tender and less bitter in taste—don’t skip it!).  Add the drained sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, corn, feta, and green onion.
  4. Prepare the dressing: In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the lime juice, olive oil, smoked paprika, and salt. Drizzle over the salad and toss to coat. If time allows, let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container (or a bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap) in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before serving, toss with a little extra lime juice and pinch of salt.
  • For faster prep, chop and prep the kale and other salad ingredients while the bacon bakes.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BLT Chopped Salad, Easy Salad Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 6), about 2 heaping cups each) — Calories: 262, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 726mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 14g

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. Thank you so much for the tip for massaging the kale, I can’t wait to try it!

  2. This looks delicious!  Where would I find sun-dried tomatoes that are not packed in oil?

    • Hi Linda, the sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil are often in a few possible locations: by the regular oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, by the jarred minced garlic, or sometimes in the produce section next to the fresh tomatoes or basil. If you ask your grocery clerk, they should be able to point you in the right direction. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    • Trader Joe’s has a great option 

  3. This looks so good! Beautiful photos too, Erin!

  4. Tomorrow for dinner I’m actually making my BLT Salad recipe. The dressing is a combo of mayonnaise and horseradish. However, because we like kale, I plan on trying this version in the very near future. Using corn must make it have a bit of sweetness, and bacon…what can I say that hasn’t been said. The last few times I made bacon, I used your method in the oven and it works just great with no splattering – wonderful!

  5. Looks great and I will try it! Know what you mean about what I call fight back food!!!!!

  6. Ooh!  Why did I see this AFTER I did my grocery shopping today??????  This salad sounds so good!  I like the idea of using kale, especially since there are only two of us, and if I make the full recipe, half of it will have to survive for a day or two in the refrigerator.  Adding feta and the corn is perfect.  Nutritionally speaking, the corn takes the place of the bread in the sandwich.  And everything is definitely better with feta.

  7. Could you add some Cooke quinoa to this for added protein? 

  8. Shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- this salad looks so yummy!

  9. Is there a difference in taste between cherry tomatoes and the regular tomatoes?

    • Hi Nicole, I think they taste pretty much the same! (But cherry tomatoes are usually less juicy and seedy than regular ones when cut up.)

  10. LOVE this! All of the best flavors and little carbs!

  11. This sounds delish! Unfortunately I don’t like feta. Any other recommendations for this salad cheese side or other?

  12. Cheese-wise…sorry. Typo. 

  13. This was delicious, and kept well in the fridge for leftovers!

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