Tangy, crunchy salad with all the things you love about the wonderful B.L.T. sandwich! You will make this again and again!
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.
In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.
In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
Per Serving: 440 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 23.4g; fat 34.1g; cholesterol 30.8mg; sodium 1343.5mg.