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For me the croutons rocked my world and took this to 5 stars. My dinner mates declared that this also had a very nice vinaigrette and they liked the combination of toppings. I used Romaine. Due to America's sad tomato situation, I used grape tomatoes for the perfect sweet taste. For the croutons, I couldn't justify buying a large piece of Manchego, so I substituted a sharp Provolone, which approximated the Manchego taste pretty well. I opted to containerize each element separately so my dinner guests could say yay or nay to which they wanted and which they would skip. I was the only one to include the olives, and all but one chose the honey ham. I let people pour their own salad dressing. What would take this over the top would be to serve Jamon Serrano as the ham, in keeping with the Spanish theme. I have plans for the croutons: to wok them in all but the cheese, then bake with the cheese for 5-7 minutes. Definitely use smoked paprika! Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

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KateL June 13, 2012

I made a single serving if this delicious salad for my lunch today. Had to use Havarti cheese as it's what I had but I don't think the salad suffered any, :D. The croutons are amazingly good and worth making a larger batch to have ready for anything you might want yummy bread cubes for. Seriously a keeper.

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Annacia July 01, 2014

This was a great salad! I put the olives on the side and used chopped up deli ham. Also, I couldn't find manchego, so subbed the provolone as well! This was a great salad I could eat just by itself! Made for PAC Fall 2012

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Cadillacgirl October 27, 2012

this salad is AWESOME .the dressing rocks im here to tell you if you like alot of dressing ,double it , i like mine light so i didnt need to . i also used red vinegar , i can see why they said white but just for me ,hey , no big deal i used parm on croutons i loved the addition of green olives with the swiss cheese and ham i used cheapo lettace , this recipe was great and it seems like alot but its not really and just the dressing alone would be worth making this

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Dienia B. February 29, 2012
Adapted Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad Recipe