Tuesday, March 09, 2021

An Oldie But Goodie Salad Recipe

 Do you like to look through old cookbooks?

A few weeks ago, I decided to dust off a few of my favorite cookbooks with my mission being to find some new family recipes. Do you feel like you get in a rut with family meals? Even the "new" recipes we've discovered in the past few years have become hum-drum. 

Sometimes it's good to pull out old things, because GOOD things can fall right in your lap and that's EXACTLY what happened with the recipe I'm sharing today. Spring is in the air and I don't know about you, but I'm craving SALAD!

A little over twenty years ago, we had some best friends that we loved to cook and grill and entertain with on the weekends. We were newlyweds, they were newlyweds and their friendship just made those early years of marriage so much fun. We were constantly over at each other's house playing cards, watching a movie, grilling in the backyard, you name it. Misty and I hit it off so well and we became fast friends. She was from Mississippi, so we were kindred Southern girls at heart and SHE is the one that introduced me to this wonderful and super easy salad recipe. When my hand written version of the recipe literally fell out of one of my old cookbooks I was reading, it brought a HUGE smile to my face and I knew that I needed to make it very, very soon! 

And so I did!

When someone in your tribe says that she wants to spend her birthday celebration at your house instead of a restaurant, it truly warms your heart - even if she insists on keeping it simple. This past weekend, some friends came over and I made this Crunch Romaine Salad for them. Everyone brought something, too, so we had a nice meal that MAY have included a mimosa bar, because the Birthday Girl loves them (I don't always go the simple route!). It was a small group, but I love how my first mimosa bar turned out! And the chocolate cake was to die for! 

Here's my recipe for a great salad for family and friends!

Crunch Romaine Salad

1 package of Ramen noodles, uncooked and broken up

1 cup chopped walnuts

4 tablespoons of butter

Brown these ingredients in melted butter and allow to cool before putting on salad.

1 bag of Romaine lettuce

1 bunch of broccoli, cut of stems

Mix together in a large bowl.

Dressing (So good!):

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the dressing ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.  I like to put mine in a container that I can shake off and on before putting the salad together. The longer the dressing has to refrigerate, the better it is. Pour to taste over lettuce and broccoli. Add crunchy ramen noodle and walnut topping. You may not need all of the dressing. 

I love to serve this salad with steak and crawfish etouffee. My dad especially loves it! And every time I make it, I'm reminded of our friends that have since moved to Houston and the wonderful times we had together. Treasure your friendships. Love your friends. Serve them well. 


Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!


  1. OMG, I love that salad, haven't had it in years. It is so darn good - YUM!

  2. This salad recipe sounds so good. I wonder how the salad would taste using less sugar. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I'm glad it brought back nice memories for you. Enjoy the week Laura.

  3. YUMMM!!! I love salads like this. Ramen noodles toasted are so tasty. I'll have to try it...I think I'll add some Craisins too. So glad you had a fun time. Being with friends is truly the best. We had so much fun hanging with our last week. XOXO

  4. This salad sounds so good! I love a salad with a little crunch! I'm def going to try it this Spring!!


  5. That sounds sweet and crunchy; what's not to love?

  6. Oh my gosh, it looks so delicious! And I love that there are walnuts in there! Making this ASAP!

  7. OK... this looks & sounds amazing! I gotta pin it so I can come back to this one!