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House Salad

Everyone needs a good House Salad recipe in their back pocket. You know when you go to a restaurant and enjoy a delicious tossed salad that you devoir because it is so good!! This is that easy salad recipe to make in your own home. Also the perfect house salad for a crowd to make with company coming or for potlucks.

We love this salad with easy dinner recipes like four cheese pasta, marry me chicken, chicken cacciatore, and my meatball baked ziti recipe!!


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Classic House Salad

A classic house salad is known and loved for its simplicity, freshness and my favorite part its versatility. This salad takes just 15 minutes to throw it together!!

Using fresh crisp vegetables gives the salad the best vibrant flavor, as fresh ingredients allow the natural flavors to shine through.

Our homemade house salad dressing recipe is sweet and tangy made with simple ingredients. It takes just a minute to whisk together, and tastes so much better than store bought dressing.

Easy house salad with dressing in a white bowl.

House Salad vs Caesar

House salad is made with a mix of greens and vegetables like tomato and onion with cheddar cheese. While the caesar salad is made with romaine lettuce, croutons and parmesan cheese. House salad typically has a vinaigrette dressing and caesar has a tangy creamy dressing.

We often make it with crispy bacon as the texture and flavors combine so well with pasta, chicken, pork, steak and casserole dinners we often enjoy it with.

White house salad with dressing close up image in a bowl.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • SIMPLE AND EASY – takes just 15 minutes to make
  • BEST DINNER SIDE – this is the perfect salad to accompany your dinner
  • HOMEMADE VINAIGRETTE – the salad dressing is hearty and tasty
  • LOADED WITH VEGETABLES – has all your favorite salad ingredients

Ingredients

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below in the recipe card

Labelled ingredients for house salad.

Salad Ingredients:

  • Romaine Hearts Lettuce – roughly chopped
  • Iceberg Lettuce – roughly chopped
  • Cherry Tomatoes – sliced
  • Cucumber – sliced
  • Croutons – use your favorite croutons
  • Cheddar Cheese – grated
  • Red Onion – sliced adds so much flavor in this salad
  • Bacon – bacon crumbles made with 12 slices of bacon is optional but so good

House Salad Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper – Kosher salt and black pepper

Substitutions and additions

You can also add in or customize using slices or chunks of quacamole, bell peppers, radishes, grated carrots, hot peppers, nuts and crumbled feta cheese.

Use your favourite store bought vinaigrette salad dressing in place of our homemade dressing.

Make this a vegetarian salad by not using the bacon.

Step by step instructions for how to make a house salad recipe

How to make vinaigrette for house salad recipe.

STEP ONE – In a bowl add the vinaigrette ingredients. Use a fork to whisk the ingredients together. Taste to see if you would like more oil, vinegar, or honey. Set aside. 

Step by step images for the first few steps of house salad.

STEP TWO – In a large bowl add the salad ingredients. 

STEP THREE- Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad. 

Variations

Make an Italian house salad by using black olives, pepperoncini peppers, and grated parmesan cheese.

Add in steak to make a steak house salad.

House salad close up image on a fork.

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • Using the freshest ingredients makes a big difference in the taste of the salad
  • If you want to make this more of a meal you can add grilled chicken, steak, tofu or shrimp on top
  • Mix up your greens
  • This salad is perfect to customize with your favourite salad ingredients
  • You can easily make this salad for a crowd by doubling or tripling the ingredients

Storage instructions

You can keep the undressed salad in the fridge for up to 3-4 days using an airtight container. If you dress the salad with the dressing the lettuce will wilt after it sits in the fridge.

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House salad in a white bowl.

House Salad


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

Everyone needs a good House Salad recipe in their back pocket. You know when you go to a restaurant and enjoy a delicious tossed salad that you devoir because it is so good!! This is that easy salad recipe to make in your own home. Also the perfect house salad for a crowd to make with company coming and for potlucks.


Ingredients

¼ cup avocado oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon honey

⅛ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

Salad Ingredients

3 romaine hearts, roughly chopped

2 cups iceberg lettuce, roughly chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

1 cup cucumber, sliced

1 cup croutons

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

¼ cup red onion, sliced

2.1 ounces / 12 slices bacon crumbles


Instructions

  1. In a bowl add the vinaigrette ingredients. Use a fork to whisk the ingredients together. Taste to see if you would like more oil, vinegar, or honey. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl add the salad ingredients. 
  3. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad. 

Notes

Storage instructions:

You can keep the undressed salad in the fridge for up to 3-4 days using an airtight container. If you dress the salad with the dressing the lettuce will wilt after it sits in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: house salad, house salad recipe, classic house salad, house salad recipe with bacon

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