Salad Bar Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup (real) mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- Cayenne pepper, as needed
- Paprika, as needed
- Worcestershire sauce, as needed
- 2 iceberg heads, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup grated Cheddar
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
For the dressing: Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and basil very finely and add to the garlic.
In a bowl, combine the garlic mixture, mayonnaise, sour cream, Parmesan, cayenne, paprika and Worcestershire, tasting frequently and adjusting the seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving. Thin with a little milk before using if desired.
For the salad: To assemble, layer chunks of the iceberg lettuce on a platter. In lines, lay on the grated cheese, shredded carrots and cucumber slices, and sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the top. Drizzle on the dressing and serve.
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