Marilyn's Special Salad Recipe -
Marilyn's Special Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Marilyn's Special Salad

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"This Romaine lettuce salad is a wonderful side dish for a barbeque. By adding either shrimp or chicken, it becomes a meal by itself."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins

    25 mins


  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Romaine, bacon, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, almonds and croutons. Add enough dressing to coat; toss and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 2004

Would have given this 5 stars except that "Marilyn" got it wrong. This is an old French recipe that should have 3/4 c oil + 1/4 c lemon juice with only 2 garlic cloves and salt & pepper for the dressing. Prepared the tradtional way, it's definitely worth all 5 stars.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 20, 2006

The oil is missing in this recipe. It is too bland without oil. I have made this before as it is a french salad but I can't remember the french name. The dressing should have 3/4 cup of oil with 1/4 cup lemon juice and 2 cloves of garlic as 1southerngirl also mentions in her reveiw. This made more than 4 servings.


7 Ratings

May 16, 2006

When made correctly this recipe is heavenly. To make the dressing...mince the garlic cloves, then put them in the blender with lemon juice, 3/4 C oil, and salt & pepper. Blending it makes it kind of frothy and mixes it well. Everything else I do the same, except I put more bacon and I have never tried croutons in it. We call this salad Dragon Breath, and it is a hit at parties. My friend gave me this recipe and she masters it every time. Enjoy

Dec 09, 2004

I reduced the recipe to two servings so maybe something got lost in the translation. It was way too dry and too salty (I think this was due to the type of Parmesan cheese that was used). Anyway, we had to pull out the ranch dressing to eat this. I did think the lemon/garlic dressing gave it a refreshing taste BUT it needs oil.

Feb 23, 2004

Not bad for a last-minute salad. The bacon was the best part. Will use a lot more salt and pepper next time.

Mar 12, 2013

This salad has been sitting since 2006 since its last review. I made the salad portion as written, but had to change the dressing. I do believe 1SOUTHERNGIRL posted the correct version of this dressing, as it does need some oil and LESS garlic. I used ¾ c. oil; ¼ c. fresh lemon juice; 2 garlic cloves; and s/p to taste. I mixed it in the small blender to make it frothy. The heads of romaine I used were not overly large and this salad made 6 hearty servings. I served this with 'Broccoli Pizza Pie' from AR. My family very much enjoyed this salad and I won’t hesitate to make it again, with the dressing I used.


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  • Calories
  • 620 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 67 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 39 g
  • 60%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 33.9 g
  • 68%
  • Sodium
  • 1203 mg
  • 48%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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