The Best Salad Recipe

The BEST Salad recipe! If there is one salad recipe you need in your recipe box this is it, it’s my families favorite! It’s made with fresh romaine lettuce, two kinds of cheese, flavorful bacon, sweet grape tomatoes, crunchy toasted almonds, crisp croutons and it’s all tossed with a fresh, bright lemon vinaigrette.

Servings: 9

Ingredients

1 cup slivered almonds
10 oz bacon (10 slices)
3 large romaine hearts*, chopped into bite size pieces (from 22 oz, 18 oz once chopped)
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup (1.4 oz) finely shredded parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups croutons

Lemon Dressing
3/4 cup light olive oil**
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp honey
3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing: Add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dijon and honey to a jar. Add salt and pepper. Cover and seal with lid, shake to blend. If needed stir up honey if it sticks to bottom of jar. Chill in refrigerator while you prepare remainder.
  2. To toast almonds: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds into an even layer on a small baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until just lightly golden brown, about 6 – 10 minutes, tossing once halfway through toasting. Remove from oven, set aside to cool. READ MORE

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