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Family favourite salad with homemade ranch dressing and croutons

  • Preparation Time50 mins
  • Cooking Time35 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the salad

1 head round lettuce, washed, spun dry and torn or cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 head red leaf lettuce, washed, spun dry and torn or cut into bite-size pieces
180ml ranch dressing, recipe follows
Croutons, recipe follows
250g cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in 1/2
2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted and flesh diced
2 pieces bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled

For the ranch dressing

80ml sour cream
1) In a chilled salad bowl, add the greens and lightly coat the inside of the bowl with ranch dressing. Add the croutons and toss lightly.

2) Garnish with the tomatoes, avocado and bacon and serve immediately.

Ranch dressing:
1) In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients and blend well with fork or stick blender. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Croutons:
1) Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the bread, until well combined. Adjust the seasoning, if needed.

2) Add in the bread and mix well with your hands, tossing to coat all sides of cubes. Pour out onto a baking sheet and spread evenly.

3) Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, turning after 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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