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Favorite Tossed Salad Recipe

Updated on November 21, 2016
Ken's Favorite Tossed Salad Recipe
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Ken's Special Recipe

My husband, Ken, eats a tossed salad EVERY day for lunch! He has his own recipe, which never varies. I've also tried his recipe and I have to admit, it's the best! He's had friends in, and fixed this same salad for them and they loved it also.

I decided to share his recipe with you! It's not very complicated...after all, it's a tossed salad, it can't be but so hard. It is his special combination of ingredients that make it taste so good!

Feel free to add a few of your favorite ingredients or leave off any you don't like. Personally, when I make it for myself, I leave off the onions.

Favorite Tossed Salad Recipe

This is my husband, Ken's, favorite salad. He has eaten this same recipe it EVERY day for his lunch, for at least 5 years now. If, for some reason, he can't have it for lunch, he has it for dinner that night. Even if he's on a road trip, we pack it and take it in a cooler. If he has a friend over, I serve it to them, too, and they always love it! :)

You'll notice that this salad does not have tomato or cucumber. The reason being, my husband doesn't care for them. However, you can add them or any other ingredients you like in a salad. Sometimes my hubby adds some leftover chicken to his salad or eats a boiled egg along with it.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 1


  • 1 cup Iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup Romain lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 - 2 sliced radishes
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup craisens
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sprinkle bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup chopped chicken, turkey, or ham, Optional
  • 2 Tablespoons (approximately) Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing or your favorite salad dressing


  1. Layer first 10 ingredients in bowl in order given. (Add optional chopped meat or boiled egg if desired.)
  2. When ready to eat, add salad dressing.
  3. Serve with crackers and beverage of your choice.
  4. My hubby sometimes eats a whole boiled egg along with his salad, for protein. You could also add chicken, turkey, or ham.
  5. You can make this salad ahead, tightly cover, and store in fridge until needed later that day or for up to two days. PS) I like to eat cheese toast or a baked potato with my salad.
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Recipes for Salads, Dressings and Dips

There's more than one way to make a salad!

Unlike my husband, I don't like the same salad every day. I like a variety, and this book sounds perfect for ideas on healthy salads, dressings, and dips. It doesn't seem like you would need that many recipes for salads, but this book will give you ideas you never would have thought of on your own.

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Salad Ingredients
Salad Ingredients

Helpful Hints

I like to keep everything already prepared in the fridge. It makes it quick and easy to make this salad!

I like to keep my lettuce and vegetables already prepared and ready to add to the salad. I buy iceberg and romaine lettuce and shred them myself, since it's a lot less expensive. I also buy my broccoli and cauliflower by the head. I buy large bags of craisens and walnuts, and try to find them on sale and stock up. I freeze the nuts to keep them fresh and take out a few days worth at a time. If you don't have much time, you can always purchase the lettuce and vegetables already prepared for you.

How to Make the Best Tossed Salad - Step by Step Directions

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Add lettuce to bowl.Add broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes.Add sweet onions.Add craisins and walnutsAdd shredded cheddar cheese.
Add lettuce to bowl.
Add lettuce to bowl.
Add broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes.
Add broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes.
Add sweet onions.
Add sweet onions.
Add craisins and walnuts
Add craisins and walnuts
Add shredded cheddar cheese.
Add shredded cheddar cheese.

Ready for Lunch!

Ready for Lunch!
Ready for Lunch!

My husband likes his salad with Ken's Lite Vidalia Onion Dressing, a few Triscuit crackers, and a Miller High Life Light Beer! Every day at 12 noon, you will find him eating his special salad! Oh, and add a couple Dove's Dark Chocolate for dessert!

This cookbook includes inventive recipes... - using beans, whole grains, pasta, chicken, and more!

Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More
Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More

Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens--Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More



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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Sounds tasty but, like you, I like a bit of variety! Once a week would suit me nicely :)

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      AstroGremlin 2 years ago

      This is exactly my salad recipe. Except I leave out everything but the lettuce and put a hot pork chop on top.

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      SilverLotus1 2 years ago

      this salad is similar to one that I regularly make, although I usually don't measure out the ingredients, just "eyeball" them.

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @favored: Thanks, favored1. I sometimes add raisins, too. I often add mandarin oranges and slivered almonds to my salad, too. Yum!

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks so much, bloomingrose. I hope you will enjoy eating this salad. :)

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      Rose Jones 2 years ago

      This is an excellent lens, I actually read it as opposed to just scanning it. I want to bring more veggies into my life, and this is a great way. Pinned to my salad board, as well as out to twitter and G+ and emailed to myself so I can make it.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Yes, I do add raisins sometimes. Just finished a salad. So good on a warm summer night.

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      Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

      @Richard1988: Thanks for your visit and comment, richard1988. Yes, my hubby eats lots of healthy foods, but he doesn't mind eating cookies and ice cream, too.

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      nuxa76 2 years ago

      nice salad

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      Richard 2 years ago from Hampshire - England

      This sounds really tasty - I bet your hubby is a really healthy dude!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This sounds like a great combination, and a filling one too. Thanks for sharing his blend!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I pretty much love all tossed salads. Your recipe looks good.

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      Blackspaniel1 4 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      biminibahamas 4 years ago

      sounds terrific ... like the idea with the nuts!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I'm impressed that you have such a healthy husband, and thanks Ken for sharing this great recipe! It looks colourful and appealing too which of course is almost as important as the taste. Raw broccoli must be packed with nutrients, I'll have to try it. Just one question, what's a triscuit? Is it just a salted cracker, or something unique?

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      @miaponzo: Thanks so much, miaponzo, for the blessing! Pomegranate and pine nuts sound like a great idea! :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Now. I think I would take out a couple of things, and I might even add a thing or two (like pomegranate and pine nuts) but that sounds like a YUMMY salad! Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like a great tossed salad recipe to me. Thanks so much for sharing. I usually add whatever I have to a salad, but I do love my salad recipes with honey.

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      victorianpassage 5 years ago

      Great looking recipe!

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