California Trash Salad For Picnics Recipe

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California Trash Salad for picnics

Gaerd Vickery


Hearty,interesting and soooo easy.
ANYTHING goes with this one !This is always made for LARGE GATHERINGS ONLY ! But what a salad !

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An abundance/MANY !


1 Hr 35 Min


25 Min


1 medium
head iceberg lettuce
1 bunch
romain lettuce
1-sm. bunch
bib lettuce
2-3 large
bags mixed greens
5 large
tomatoes (any kind/color)
1 stalk(s)
6 or more large
6 large
cucumbers ( any kind)
2-3 large
purple onions
1 large
dozen eggs
1 bag(s)
any flavor shredded cheese
2 can(s)
garbonzo peas
1 bag(s)
1/2 medium
purple cabbage
1 pkg
thick bacon
2-3 large
green, red ,yellow peppers
5 tsp
kosher salt
4 tsp
fresh ground multi-corn black pepper
5-6 tsp
oregano.dried or fresh
4-5 tsp
cilantro. dried or fresh
1-2 pkg
seasoned/flavored crutons
2-3 large
bottles of california french dressing( make sure it the red dressing.

Directions Step-By-Step

Your going to need a VERY big container for this salad so make sure you have what you need before you start. I have told people to use their large canning cooker pots in need be. Hey, it works...
Wash up all you lettuce and greens first.
Slice up all your lettuce.
1: CLIP your greens. DO NOT DICE WITH KNIFE.Add these to your container.
2: Dice your celery,radish,cucumber,carrots,purple cabbage,peppers and lastly your tomatoes.
3: Mix these together, hold aside.
4: Boil you eggs for 20 minutes. Peel and dice.
5: Cook and drain your bacon. You want it cooked so it's crispy and breakable.
6: Open and drain cans of Garbanzo peas.
7: Open your selected shredded cheese
8: Start assembling with your gently mixed by hand lettuce & greens into your container first. You may now add your spice condiments. IE:Pepper,salt and Oregano & cilantro. Please note that if you have fresh Oregano & Cilantro from the garden, PLEASE USE !
8: Now you can add all your other ingredients and toss as gently as you can without "Killing the salad"... There is a lot there to turn and mix...
Let people add their own dressing. I only offer California French because of WHAT IT DOES FOR TASTE for this salad. It keeps them coming back for more...

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Other Tag: Healthy