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House salad in floral bowl, with croutons and dressing

Simply Classic House Salad

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh, crisp lettuce and a variety of vegetables are combined to create a popular house salad that is far from basic. You will love how easy simple ingredients and a tangy dressing create this delicious salad.


Units Scale
  • 5 cups washed, chopped Romaine lettuce *
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 large English cucumber, sliced 1/4 inch thick *
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, optional
  • 1 cup garlic croutons or parmesan crisps, optional

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sugar subtitute
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and onions in a large strainer or colander.*
  2. Rinse well under running water, gently tossing salad in the strainer.
  3. Drain salad well and gently pat dry with paper towel.  Transfer salad to a large bowl or platter.
  4. Make dressing:  combine the lemon juice, sugar, mustard and garlic in a measuring cup, stir well.
  5. Slowly pour the olive oil into the cup and quickly whisk in.  Add salt and pepper. 
  6. Taste the dressing and add more lemon, sugar, garlic or salt and pepper as you prefer.  Only add a little bit more at a time, if needed.  Sprinkle cheese over salad
  7. Serve salad with optional croutons or crisps.  Whisk the dressing again before serving.


* 5 cups of chopped salad is from two large heads of Romaine.

* I used a salad spinner (from Amazon) to wash and drain the salad.  We eat so many salads I feel it is more than worth the investment.

*You can use larger tomatoes, such as Roma tomatoes, cut in small pieces instead of the cherry tomatoes.

*I prefer English cucumbers since they are a bit sweeter and the seeds are smaller.  You can leave the skin on since it is is thinner than regular cucumbers.

Keywords: salad, garden salad, green salad, side salad