If you want never-ending compliments and requests to re-make a salad dish, then this is the recipe for you! Trust me… this could possibly be my BEST recipe. It’s perfect for any occasion and no one will believe you if you decide to share with them how EASY it is to make.
Whenever I make a recipe that involves lettuce, I don’t even begin until I have “iced” my lettuce. I think this is probably one of the best kept secrets for a crispy, cool salad. And if you do this before you make it, you will find that it improves the recipe, 10-fold!
Place about 2 cups of ice cubes into a large bowl and add water (enough to cover your lettuce). After you tear up (or cut-up) your lettuce leaves, submerge them in your bath of ice water –
Allow the lettuce leaves to sit in the ice water for at least 20 minutes, longer if possible. Next, remove any unmelted ice cubes and pour the water & lettuce into a salad spinner. Spin the lettuce leaves (for about 30 seconds) until the majority of the water has been wisked away –
NOW, YOU CAN BEGIN THE RECIPE….
You will need:
1 head of Romaine Lettuce
1 head of Iceberg Lettuce
1 16-ounce container of Sour Cream (use “light” to cut calories)
1 7-ounce packet of (dry) Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1 bottle of (liquid) Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (you will not use all of this; just a portion)
1 9-ounce container of (dry) Durkee French Fried Onion Rings
Cut or tear-up (into bite-size pieces) both heads of lettuce.
After you have iced, drained and spun the lettuce, place it into a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pour the Good Seasons (dry) Italian Dressing Mix into the container of Sour Cream and Mix Well. Place it into the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble & serve the salad.
At this point, the salad is ready to assemble, however, you will not want to complete the recipe until approximately 15 minutes before you are ready to serve it. When you are ready to serve it, pour most of the Durkee French Fried Onion Rings into the lettuce, reserving apx. one (1) cup to sprinkle on top of the completed salad.
Next, sprinkle the salad & onion rings generously (about 7 good shakes) with the bottled, liquid Zesty Italian Dressing. Toss well.
Then, add several tablespoons of the sour cream & dry Italian Dressing “Mix” to the salad and toss well again.
Sprinkle the reserved 1-cup of Durkee French Fried Onion Rings over the top of your mixed salad and serve immediately.
Finally….. GET READY… you’re going to be getting TONS of compliments!!!!!!! Serves 10-12