Mom's Big Salad Recipe

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Mom's BIG Salad

Khristi Chiarella


This salad is great for any time of year, a meal in itself and in the fall and winter we serve it up with hot soup and warm bread. Enjoy! Stays fresh in the fridge covered, for 2 days max.

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8-10 hearty portions


40 Min


No-Cook or Other


head iceberg lettuce chopped into bite size pieces
1 c
washed and cleaned baby spinach leaves
1 c
finely diced red onion
1 c
finely diced fresh parsley
1 c
shredded carrots
1 c
sliced radishes
1 c
cucumbers sliced thin
1 c
white fresh mushrooms sliced thin
1 can(s)
red kidney beans drained and rinsed
1 can(s)
garbonzo beans drained and rinsed
cooked eggs cooled and diced
2 c
shredded cheddar or swiss cheese
1 c
cooked bacon crumbled
1 box
fresh grape tomatoes
****** the dressing recipe ****
11/2 tsp
beau monde seasoning
2 dash(es)
4 Tbsp
11/2 tsp
white vinegar
1 tsp
lemon pepper
1 Tbsp
dried dill weed
1 1/2 c
sour cream, lite
1 1/2 c
best foods mayonnaise, light
2 tsp
dried basil
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
3 Tbsp
diced fresh parsley

Directions Step-By-Step

You will need a VERY LARGE SALAD BOWL and a medium size bowl to mix dressing for salad! Wash, clean and prep all the veggies. Then make your dressing. I use a large batter bowl works great, after you have mixed all the dressing ingredients, cover and place in fridge. Next, assemble your salad. Mix iceberg, spinach, onion and parsley together, place in bottom of bowl.Then add other ingredients as listed in layers, finishing with the tomatoes.(do not use diced tomatoes, they will cause salad to get limp and gooey)When salad is layered place all of the dressing over the salad and cover. You may need to use Saran wrap if lid won't fit, you need a BIG BOWL!
Place covered salad in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. The colder the better. This one is a keeper! If you do not like iceberg lettuce you can use 2 or 3 heads of butter lettuce instead.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads, Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Layered, #big