That Good Salad

5 from 2 votes

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Whenever I bring this salad to a party people ask “is that That Good Salad?” It’s that good, all mixed with a garlic dressing.

That Good Salad

Hey everyone! Gord and I are still enjoying our mini road trip slash work trip this week. We head back home to our kiddos tomorrow and couldn’t be more excited to see them. They are exhausting little rascals, but boy do they steal your heart.


This salad recipe is something I copied from my Mom’s recipe box about 12 years ago when I was leaving for college. I think she got the recipe from a lady in  our church?! Mayyyybe? I don’t really remember. BUT–> it’s called “That Good Salad” because that is what everyone says when they try it. I’ve made this a handful of times and can completely attest that that is 100% true. The bowl gets licked clean and people ask me for the recipe.

That Good Salad

I think people completely love this  salad because it has all things delicious in it: avocado, bacon, tomato, toasted almonds, croutons and a very garlicky dressing!

Those ingredients are some of my favorites, especially a really good dressing, so it only makes sense why its so popular. Honestly, this is one of the only salad recipes that I could eat for dinner and dessert too. I know that sounds insane, but that’s how darn good it is. #ilovesalad #alittletoomuch

That Good Salad

So if you need a new kind of salad in your lives {which you all totally do!} give this one a whirl. It won’t disappoint 🙂

That Good Salad
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5 from 2 votes

That Good Salad

Whenever I bring this salad to a party or gathering, people ask "is that that good salad?" Basically, it's all the yummy things I love in a salad mixed together with a garlic dressing!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 12 oz pre-washed lettuce I used a mix of baby kale and romaine
  • 5 roma tomatoes diced
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 2 ripe avocados diced
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups croutons


  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 3 large cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup olive oil


  • Place all ingredients for salad into large bowl.
  • For dressing, blend lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper in a blender until frothy. With blender on, slowly add in olive oil to emulsify.
  • Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and toss together. Serve immediately!
  • *If you want to make this in advance, do not add avocados, croutons or dressing until ready to serve!


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: that good salad

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  1. Carol

    5 stars
    Made this last night. Loved it. Only change I made was I added hard boiled eggs and swapped walnuts for the almonds. Will be making again!

  2. Jill Stauff

    One of my favorite salads! Have made it for several gathers and receive rave reviews. I noticed the dressing can go a long way plus don’t grab the biggest lemons at the store.

  3. Brenda Sharp

    Loved this salad! I forgot to add the almonds when I served it for our dinner – but made sure to add to my lunch salad the next day and I was very very happy with it. I used extra virgin olive oil, and a smidge of whole grainy mustard – loved how the dressing was light and refreshing. This salad is def a keeper!

  4. Annie

    How can I put certain recipes into my Pinterest file. When I click on the Pinterest logo, up comes your full list of recipes.

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  6. Amy

    DELICIOUS!!! My daughters & I made this and loved it. Seriously, it is the best salad and one in which my kids ask for seconds on. Thank you for sharing the recipe as it is a keeper.

  7. Holly Wells

    Intrigued. Must ask though, is the 2 “6 oz” bags of lettuce supposed to be 2 “16 oz”? I don’t see the ratio of lettuce to the rest for the number of servings working out here.

    1. Lauren

      The prewashed lettuce in those plastic containers are about 6 oz. I used OrganicGirl brand. So for this recipe, I used two. Feel free to add more or less to your liking.

  8. Teri Giese

    Hey Lauren, I know where your recipe came from.In the dark ages before the internet, us moms read Mag a zines. Things made of paper, and I for 1 still have files with scraps of paper torn or cut from magazines. Still have the one for this salad. Was from Taste of Home magazine. Is late or I would dig around to find it and get the womans’name. Remember the salad name and the story behind was about herson asking for her to make “that good salad”.I never even made it, but I will now, some maybe 20 years later!!!

    1. Kashq

      I also remember that story and had a subscription to taste of home. The name of the salad is the same, but the recipe is not. I used to make it all the time. Thanks for the reminder! Lol

    2. Eva Popovich

      This salad reminded me of a salad my dad made when I grew up and salads were not as popular. We loved his, which also included black olives and a little dried mustard in the dressing.
      I also lived at a time when we got lots of recipes from magazines, my favorites being Sunset magazine, and later Cooking Light and Martha Stewart’s magazine. I have many of those little pieces of paper!

  9. brenda

    this sounds really good and really easy to prepare I am not one on avocados but I give anything a try and in this salad probably cant even taste it I am going to try it real soon I love my salads cold and hot thanks again for the delious receipe cant want to dig in

  10. Paula Lundberg

    Great salad! It’s been my go to for years. The recipe I use also has 1 c. shredded swiss cheese along with 1/2 c. parm. Also, I sometimes throw in black olives and cucs that are chopped.