Cheddar-Almond Lettuce Salad Recipe
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Cheddar-Almond Lettuce Salad Recipe

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Sugared almonds and a honey-mustard dressing make this salad a real standout. In fact, I keep slivered almonds in my freezer just so I can whip it up for those spur-of-the-moment special occasions! For more nutrition, color or variety, I sometimes add broccoli and tomatoes. --Julia Musser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 cups torn romaine
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 269 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein


  1. In a small heavy skillet, combine almonds and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until nuts are coated and golden. Spread onto foil to cool. Divide romaine among salad plates; top with eggs and cheese.
  2. In a blender, combine the sugar, vinegar, honey, lemon juice, onion powder, celery seed, mustard, paprika and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Drizzle over salads; sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Cheddar-Almond Lettuce Salad in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"We love this salad in our family. My sister made it for me when I was up visiting her and now I make it for my family. Love the combination of the dressing, cheese and especially those sweet almonds, so good!! Thanks for sharing the recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"This is my go-to salad dressing recipe. It always disappears when I make it, and the recipe is routinely requested! I love the sweet, tangy flavor; the sugared almonds paired with cheddar are a really nice flavor combination."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"This was a great salad!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"I made this salad for a family dinner and everyone loved it."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"Great salad, but I found the dressing abit too tangy for my taste."

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