Everything but the kitchen sink
When my Aunt Kal made this salad for me and my mom, all I could think was: "You had to have the BIIIG salad." This salad is big, and it's a good thing it is because it goes fast. You see, it's not that kind of salad. In it, you'll find everything but the kitchen sink, not excluding pasta, bacon, and blue cheese.
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THE BIG SALAD
*Note: The following proportions are for a big party salad. If you're making it for a smaller party, cut these amounts in half.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
2 bags romaine lettuce, pre-chopped
4 cooked chicken breasts
1 box small shell pasta or other small pasta
1 lb bacon
1 bunch of green onions
4 Roma tomatoes
gorgonzola cheese crumbles to taste
Martzetti Sweet Italian dressing (found near Produce)
salt and pepper to taste
WHAT YOU'LL DO:
1. Cook the pasta. Cook the bacon and crumble. *Note: You can also use pre-cooked, pre-chopped bacon meant for salads (I did!). You'll find it packaged near the rest of the bacon in the grocery store.
2. Chop up the chicken. *Note: I used Italian marinated chicken breasts from the deli; so easy and flavorful!
3. Chop up the veggies. Just before serving, toss everything together with gorgonzola crumbles, lettuce, dressing, and salt & pepper to taste.
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To make this salad for just two people, I used half a bag of lettuce, 1-2 chicken breasts (depending how meaty you want your salad to be), and bacon & pasta to taste (I cooked an entire box of pasta, eyeballed how much to add to the salad, then saved the leftovers for lunch/dinner the next day). For the veggies, use just 1 avocado, 1 Roma tomato, and 2-3 green onions (depending on size).