Summer is the time to eat as many BLT's as you can. But perhaps you are squeamish about bread these days? This BLTA salad is everything you want and nothing you don't. All it requires is crispy lettuce, ripe tomatoes, high quality bacon and an avocado for the win.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels and dab the top of the bacon with another paper towel to remove all of the grease. After the bacon cools, crumble bacon coarsely. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet; reserve skillet.
Place chilled lettuce and tomatoes in a large serving bowl.
Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, then mayonnaise and vinegar; whisk until blended, about 30-40 seconds. Season dressing with kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Pour over lettuce and tomatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle bacon over top, add sliced avocado, top each salad with one whole slice of bacon for a garnish and serve immediately.