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.
Recipe courtesy Ree Drummond
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray