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Soccer Salad Recipe
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Soccer Salad

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"The origin of this salad's unusual name is unknown, but it's a definite crowd pleaser. Every time I bring it to a potluck or other event, I'm asked to share the recipe."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Spread the almonds and sesame seeds onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the almonds are just turning golden brown, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, cool, and crumble.
  4. Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool; crumble.
  5. Make the dressing by shaking the sugar, vinegar, monosodium glutamate, vegetable oil, and garlic in a glass jar with a sealable lid until mixed. Combine the cooled almonds, sesame seeds, crumbled bacon, lettuce, and chow mein noodles in a bowl. Pour the dressing overtop and gently toss until coated.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 22, 2011

We loved this. I used 1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon powder in place of Accent -- the Knorr brand contains MSG and seemed a suitable substitute. I added sesame oil (to taste) to the dressing to augment the rich sesame flavor of the toasted seeds. Thanks for the recipe, I'll use this dressing again, as it's mild and made from things I always have around!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 11, 2013

There is nothing wrong with the salad portion that the addition of a few veggies wouldn't cure. The dressing has to go. Too much sugar.Too much oil. We would substitute olive oil and that one third of a cup. The addition of the veggies and some garbanzo beans would bring the nutrition value up to an acceptable level. Keep the garlic. Some bean sprouts are nice.


15 Ratings

Dec 21, 2009

The BEST salad ever!

Oct 14, 2009

This was the best! Served it for a crowd of 40 and they loved it. Same type of salad as the coleslaw and Ichi Ban but this had more of a kick. Two heads of lettuce is not too muck either. Enjoy!

May 23, 2013

LOVE this salad! Made it twice exactly as listed but modified it the last couple times to lighten it up. Decreased oil to 1/3 cup of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) in place of 1/2 cup of vegetable oil because I thought it was too oily, used Splenda instead of white sugar, omitted the bacon, and, as another reviewer suggested, used HerbOx chicken bouillon granules (no MSG) in place of Accent. Still had the same great taste with a lot less calories. Yummy!!

Oct 12, 2011

This salad was great! I loved the flavor the dressing gave to the salad. All of the ingredients are very different so I wasn't sure how they would all go together, but this is fantastic. I don't usually like almonds in things, but I loved them in here. We will definitely eat this again! Thanks for this recipe!

Jun 20, 2012

Way better than expected! I cut the recipe in half for my family of 4 and just used a bag of prewashed lettuce. I also toasted the almonds and sesame seeds in a small skillet and added real bacon bits/pieces (about half a bag) to the pan, heated through. Meanwhile, I mixed up the dressing in a small bowl and once the almonds, seeds and bacon were ready I added them to the dressing while hot, which really nicely distributed the bacon flavor. Tossed all before serving, great and so simple; I think this only took about 10 minutes tops! :D Thanks for the new recipe to add to my rotating collection of keepers!

Oct 08, 2013

I liked the salad ingredients, but I thought that the dressing was a bit bland. I recommend adding 2 teaspoons of salt, and skip the garlic. Also adding chopped green onions and poppy seeds give it a different kick.


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  • Calories
  • 295 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 24.5 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 242 mg
  • 10%

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

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