Always good for a nice side salad!
From: Taste of Home Simple and Delicious Cookbook
1 lb. sliced bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup butter, cubed
4 slices white bread, crusts removed and cut into 1" cubes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3-5 Tbs. fresh basil, minced
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic minced
6 cups romaine, torn
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Set bacon and drippings aside. In another large skillet, melt the butter. Add bread cubes; cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove to paper towels, coo.
For dressing, whisk the mayo, basil, vinegar, pepper, garlic and reserved drippings. In a large bowl, combine romaine, tomatoes and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Top with the croutons.