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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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 cup: 193 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 267345
Reviewed May. 26, 2017

"I made this salad for the first time and omitted almonds since they were optional! I just used bacon strips which were smoked and I really enjoyed this salad recipe plus the dressing! I thank you for this recipe, Betty Lamb!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5326454 257375
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"Mmmmm I love this salad. I don't pour the dressing on if because my kids are so picky and they like to eat it without the dressing . I also put grape tomatoes on them instead of chopping up a tomato, once again, because my kiddo's are picky."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 254160
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2016

"I made this for a family function and everyone liked it. I left out the almonds due to family preference."

ngerard User ID: 140180 250664
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"I have made this recipe at least 15 times over the last couple of years -- it is my go-to salad. No changes needed!"

sallisuey User ID: 8865932 248492
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"we made the dressing but we did not like - i whipped up some homemade ranch (pack)n drizzled it on top and tossed it up abit... turned out better - 2nd time around!"

1914skin User ID: 8300958 247370
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"I must agree with Lauriesmiles, after reading the reviews, just had to make this salad.Unfortunately the dressing ruined it"

dvierzen User ID: 7402990 247120
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"I have to agree with the name, this was so good! I added grilled chicken and hard boiled eggs to make lunch for my husband and I. He loved it!"

Marge Wszolek User ID: 2141072 246958
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"I loved this salad, easy to make and taste so good?"

ljakes User ID: 6519155 232777
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Very good!"

flaggram User ID: 4412303 232420
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."

melaniestockwell User ID: 386293 231063
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."

Jennifer K User ID: 1475505 229244
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."

DawnLockhart User ID: 3466471 226926
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."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 19089
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."

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 202207
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."

CountryGirl72 User ID: 7814020 48141
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!"

dollargirl User ID: 939213 42048
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

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

Rainbow5678 User ID: 7779004 75239
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

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

march45 User ID: 5713198 45292
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! :)"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 19087
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 5913045 45291
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."

msneiheisel User ID: 1473447 48692
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"The dressing is wonderful!"

msneiheisel User ID: 1473447 21728
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"The dressing is wonderful!"

msneiheisel User ID: 1473447 43421
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"The dressing is wonderful!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4391078 43420
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"This is perfect for family get gatherings"

kbpaulson User ID: 1221655 18173
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!"

administrator User ID: 1996148 43419
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"Make it for company all the time."

vmac0512 User ID: 1834557 48691
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!;)"

amethystra User ID: 1679864 46414
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."

Canadian Chick User ID: 5895292 45254
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"Love this salad!!"

Strangs User ID: 6225539 21085
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"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."

sdianne User ID: 3214224 42047
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

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

lezlihall User ID: 1878773 46224
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!"

note4lana User ID: 5545046 19086
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"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."

mrumpz User ID: 5531525 18170
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."

kbpaulson User ID: 1221655 46223
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."

lramey User ID: 911317 46215
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

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

dpurcell User ID: 4444009 18169
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!!"

lauriesmiles User ID: 5335877 21727
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"

jlorluck User ID: 4147895 202206
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

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

Spiffy64 User ID: 5125460 48139
Reviewed May. 12, 2010 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

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

Kumquat77 User ID: 4790574 48690
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"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!"

ziki01 User ID: 4872480 19085
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"

Mspoppy User ID: 1338705 48138
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"Great salad, just became a favorite"

LAVFW User ID: 1427540 48689
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!"

lilcricket5 User ID: 3432224 21725
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

"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."

hgergen User ID: 3430233 48688
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2009

"Hands down best salad ever!"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 46413
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!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1977181 75237
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!!"

Realtor Kathy User ID: 1712233 19577
Reviewed May. 25, 2008 Edited Apr. 26, 2016

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

24jesus User ID: 1043458 21083
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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