Romaine Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

"I wish I had a nickel for every time I was either asked to make this salad for a gathering, or asked for the recipe for it! The dressing is irresistable! A good description for this is a Caesar Salad gone balistic. It travels well too; I prepare all the ingredients, except the avocado, and pack in separate containers and just assemble it when I get to my destination. So much of this can be done ahead of time that it makes this recipe an excellent choice for a dinner party. Plan on having copies of the recipe available because you will be asked for them! I found this recipe in the Sunset CookBook of Favorite Recipes II."
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  • Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces, you should have about 12 cups.
  • Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
  • Combine garlic and salt in a small bowl and mash with the back of a spoon into a paste, or (and this is what I do), mash with a mortar and pestle and transfer to a bowl.
  • Mix garlic paste with lime juice, add egg* and beat until foamy.
  • Stir in mayo and worcestershire.
  • This can be made ahead, just cover and refrigerate.
  • Just before serving, peel, pit and dice avocado.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine avocado, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions and croutons.
  • Stir dressing and pour over salad then toss until well mixed.
  • *If you are pregnant or nursing, or have a compromised immune system you may want to consider using a purchased pasteurized egg product.

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  1. This is great!! Garlic and avocados, my favorite. I made this for dinner tonight and ate most of it before my husband got home. This one is a keeper.
  2. I really enjoyed this salad and dressing, but I have to admit I left out the egg.(I'm just a chicken I guess!) It is a nice change from the sweet and sour dressing I usually make. Thanks for posting this!
  3. Fantastic!!!! I doubled the recipe and made it ahead of time to make things easier....guests licked their plates!!!! Forgot to add the parmesan cheese and it was still ridiculously good:)
  4. Delicious - it tasted a lot like a Caesar salad but was so creamy and garlicky.... yum! I will definitely make this time and time again. I did use Egg Beaters instead of an egg, and thought it was perfect. Thanks!
  5. Awesome dressing!! I am going to try using thickened yogurt instead of the mayo and egg substitute to make it more diet friendly. Thanks for sharing.



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