House Sweet and Sour Salad

By • December 3, 2011 • 6 Comments


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Author Notes: This is one of my favorite lettuce salads to serve with grilled steak. It's very reminiscent of the house salad served by the Machus Restaurant Group here in Metro Detroit from the mid sixties to the mid nineties. The Machus Group had a number of restaurants in the area - The Sly Fox, Foxy's, The Machus Bakery and the infamous Red Fox , where Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa was last seen leaving before he disappeared. The food was classic American, but the house salad was probably their claim to fame. My version has a few extra ingredients and I booted the iceberg lettuce, but what's so bad about blue cheese, red onion and bacon?inpatskitchen

Serves 4 as a side salad

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Shake all ingredients together in a salad cruet or jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the salad

  • 6 cups torn Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 6 strips bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup of your favorite blue cheese
  • 15 to 20 California ripe olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup cooked chick peas
  • A few cherry tomatoes, halved if large
  • Croutons for garnish(optional)
  1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and dress with as much of the salad dressing as you like.

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over 1 year ago thirteenJ

I love this! For 5 days in a row I've only managed to make an abbreviated version (romaine, onion, bleu, and olives)...because I can't wait to dig in!!!

Dscn3274

over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

You're too funny! I'm so glad you're enjoying even the abbreviated versions!

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over 1 year ago thirteenJ

Yes!!! This is it! Thanks!
Boy, we sure have a sweet tooth when it comes to salads in the midwest ;- )




Dscn3274

over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Oh yes! Besides a good Caesar this is one of our favorites...actually, my brother is coming in from Baton Rouge this week and I'm planning on making this one for our little family get-to-gether!

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over 1 year ago thirteenJ

Flashback!! How nice!
It was definitely a simpler time when everybody got the same salad dressing!

Dscn3274

over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

You're so right!