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Bacon & Cheese Salad

 Bacon & Cheese Salad
I ordered this salad at a restaurant. The kitchen staff wouldn't share the salad dressing recipe, so I created my own. It took several tries, using different spices and vinegars, but this is close. Adding the bacon was my idea.
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups torn leaf lettuce
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 7-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup salad croutons

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, bacon, onions, cheeses and
  • pimientos.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the oil, cider, sugar, garlic powder, salt and
  • pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with croutons.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 275 calories, 21 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 489 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.