I love a good salad. You know those salads that are just awesome, that you almost feel guilty for eating. Usually for good reason. If I am excited to eat a salad it involves bacon and lots of cheese (can’t ever go wrong with that duo).
This is one of those salads that I get super excited about
making eating (and it is guilt free… sweet!). It is one of those easy salads, that is potluck worthy, and quick to make. And the secret ingredient is the dressing, it is homemade and pretty scrumptious. And I bet you have 6 out of the 7 ingredients for it in your pantry right now.
I’m going to brag for just one minute. The tomatoes and cucumbers in this salad are from my garden. Just saying. This was the first year I have ever had any success with my garden. I am already looking forward to next spring. I have more ideas on how to make my garden even more successful. Have you ever had luck with a garden? I had fun, my son did as well he loved watering it, and the lawn, and me… He also helped mom pick tomatoes, and would then throw the red “ball”.
Ok, back to the benefits of gardens (or buying local produce). The real kicker, veggies grown in your own back yard often have more nutrients and taste a lot better than what you buy from the store. Nothing beats a homegrown tomato! Here is a little info on why homegrown/locally grown have more nutritional punch http://www.foodmatters.tv/health-resources/organics.
Even if you do not have a yard, many have luck growing grape tomatoes and herbs in pots on a sun deck.
Parmesan Ranch SaladSalad One head of Romaine lettuce – diced One head of iceberg lettuce – diced 2 tomatoes – chopped 1 medium-sized cucumber – chopped 1/3 cup green onions – chopped 5-6 slices of bacon (preferably nitrate free) cooked and crumbled www.livestrong.com/article/197021-the-bad-effects-of-sodium-nitrate/ 1/2 cup Crispy wonton strips Parmesan cheese for garnish Salad Dressing 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1/4 mayonnaise (no miracle whip) 1/3-1/2 cup milk depending on your desired consistency 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tbs lemon juice 1/2 tsp garlic Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Mix all salad dressing ingredients together until smooth, place in refrigerator until ready to use. 2. Mix all of salad ingredients together in large bowl. 3. Add salad dressing into salad bowl spoonfuls at a time, stir salad. Add dressing until salad is coated with preferred amount of dressing. Place onto individual plates (cold ones if possible), garnish with extra parmesan cheese and a handful of the crispy wonton strips. Chow down!