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Something Special Salad

 Something Special Salad
"This is a good choice when a run-of-the-mill salad isn't special enough," writes Linda Wright of Okemos, Michigan. "I can a pound of bacon at a time and keep it in the freezer. With the added convenience of shredded cheese and packaged salad greens, there isn't much preparation time required.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 5 cups torn romaine
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned salad croutons
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, lemon juice,
  • garlic, salt and pepper. shake well. In a large bowl, combine the
  • romaine, tomatoes and cheeses. Drizzle with dressing and toss to
  • coat. Sprinkle with the croutons, almonds and bacon. Yield: 6
  • servings.