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That Good Salad Recipe

That Good Salad Recipe

When a friend shared this recipe, it had a fancy French name. Our children can never remember it, so they say, "Mom, please make 'that good salad'. Now our friends and neighbors request it for potluck dinners. —Betty Lamb, Orem, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bunches (1 pound each) romaine, torn
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted, optional
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup Caesar salad croutons


  • 1. In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; cover and shake well. Chill.
  • 2. In a large serving bowl, toss the romaine, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, almonds if desired, Parmesan cheese and bacon.
  • 3. Shake dressing; pour over salad and toss. Add croutons and serve immediately. Yield: 14 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 193 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 257 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for That Good Salad

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Very good!"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"Used the magazine recipe for the first time many years ago. This is still the all time favorite in our family. Even the children request it as their choice for family gatherings."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"I made this recipe when it first came out in the magazine and it has been a go to salad ever since. The name is easy to remember so I have always been able to easily search the TOH website for it."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2015

"This has to be our favorite salad. Because of all the wonderful ingredients, I find that I don't need the full amount of dressing (anything to cut calories). This is a great salad for potluck's. The quantities are easy to adjust for the amount of people you are serving."

Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"This is a wonderful salad. I used to prepare it years ago when it first came out in the magazine. I ran across it again recently and am so glad I did. It is a great crowd pleaser."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Oh, my gosh! This recipe has been requested by my family & friends literally hundreds of times since I first made it the month it was published in TOH! The only thing I change is using bagged prepared salad mixes to save time! We have six kids & all of them ask me to make it for every birthday, graduation or other special occasion as well as it being a favorite answer to the question, "What should we have for supper?" Great for ordinary daily meals as well as special events. Easy to make, too."

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"We looooove this salad; I often get recipe requests. I appreciate the advice from the reviewer who said she doubles the cheese when she has to omit the bacon for vegetarians... I tried tonight with friends who don't eat pork, and was happy to see them go for seconds. You just can't go wrong with this salad."

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"Out of everything that I make this is my mothers FAVORITE. It does make a lot so use a big salad bowl ya"ll!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"One of my go-to recipes whenever I'm entertaining a crowd - very good recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"So good my kids love it so much I make it twice a week"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"My family's go-to recipe for DECADES. When serving to vegetarians, I omit the bacon and double the cheese and it's just as good. Well, as good as can be without bacon! :)"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"This is one of my family's favorite salads - it's a classic!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"I added grilled chicken strips and made it a luncheon meal for several girlfriends. They raved about it! I frequently make the dressing and use on other salads and vegetables."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"The dressing is wonderful!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"THe Dressing is the BEST EVER"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"This dressing recipe is the absolute BEST! I love this!!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"This is perfect for family get gatherings"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"Love this salad! My husband's 82 year old uncle said it's the best salad he's ever had! The kids love it too. Absolutely will make again!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"Make it for company all the time."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I have made this recipe at least 100 times! We love it and I get asked for the recipe often. Sometimes I don't have much and I will buy pre-cooked bacon which really helps me out. No one has ever suspected!;)"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I made this as a side salad for the meal that I made for my folks, my sister and her two daughters. Out of all the things that I made, this was the dish that they all raved about. My niece even said that this could easily be ordered in a restaurant. I'm definitely making this one again."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011

"Love this salad!!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"I used to make the recipe years ago, but lost it. I'm so glad that I found it online because my family keeps requesting that I make it."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"This salad is the best! My family loves it. It is the most requested recipe that I have."

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"My entire family loves this salad. We sometimes eat it as our main meal along with a loaf of crusty bread or croissants. Yum!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"OMGoodness!!! NOM NOM NOM!!!!!

This salad should be re-named as That AWESOME Salad! I made this for my ladies bunco group to accompany a casserole. Everyone raved about it! Rather than using romaine, I used red/green leaf and iceberg lettuces along with a little baby spinach - all fresh from the garden.  Except for the lettuces, I prepared it as instructed.  Some say the dressing is a little bland, but I found it light and fresh - it allows the salad flavors to *pop.*  The only two things I perhaps would do differently would be to make the dressing a day in advance so the flavors can blend, and maybe add a little more garlic or use garlic salt. "

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"In 1997, as a newlywed, I subscribed to Taste of Home magazine and came across this recipe. I still am expected to bring it to gatherings...that's how much my friends and family enjoy it! I use a five cheese Italian style blend instead of Swiss because of personal preference. Also, I add extra garlic and black pepper to the dressing while cutting down just a bit on the oil."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Everyone loves this salad! The dressing tasted a little bland so I added a little extra salt. I've also made it many times without the bacon and it's just as yummy."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"Great Salad!!! Everyone loves this when I make it!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"Everyone just loved this salad and commented on how "fresh" the dressing was. I made the dressing the day ahead and it was so GOOD! I have had numerous request for this salad. Even my 11 year old son requested it for his birthday dinner! Yummy!!"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"The salad ingredients are wonderful but my family and I thought the dressing was bland, missing something. I'd make the salad again, but with a totally different dressing. This one hasn't any flavor to it, too plain for our taste"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"Fabulous salad...I've been asked to bring for 4th of July"

Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"Very yummy...each ingredient complements the another ingredient! Just it!"

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"Our whole family really like this. I have used mozz. cheese instead of the swiss, just because of preference, but other than that, no changes. Even the children liked it when small, and I am making it for a get together with them this week end. It is best not to make ahead as it gets soggy. Fresh is best! Thank you for sharing it. I could not remember which cook book,as it was awhile since I had made it, and the name stuck with us as it is That good salad!, so this was great to be able to look it up on-line. Thanks!"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"One of the best salads I have ever had. A good salad to go with a heavy meal, light and delicious"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"Great salad, just became a favorite"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Definitely one of the best salads I have ever made. Everyone in my family LOVES this salad and I can't wait for summer to make it again - will probably have it around the holidays!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"I was in charge of getting a church dinner together and the lady we were honoring loves salads. So I went to Taste of Home to look for new salads for people to bring. Out of the 3 that was taken (taco salad, blt macaroni sald and this one) "that good salad" was completely eaten and good comments were made about it. Cant say the same about the other 2 but this one really was very good."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2009

"Hands down best salad ever!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"GREAT salad. Easy to make and all the ingredients and dressing work together so well. It's amazing because the salad is actually better than the list of ingredients!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2008

"Everyone I have made this for LOVES it!! My family has requested that this be the only salad we have with our meals!!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2008

"EVERYBODY absolutely loves this salad. It has taken the place of a salad my family made at gatherings for 30 years."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2008

"If I need a real quickie, I just use lettuce, parmesan, tomatoes and croutons w/ the dressing over top. Nothing can ruin this salad. I have been making it for a long time and now I am using it in a wedding for 300 people! It is the absloute best!!! "

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