Vegetable Parmesan Toss

Your family will eagerly eat their veggies when coated with a creamy Parmesan dressing. It's especially refreshing on a summer day!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 20

Ingredients

4
cups broccoli flowerets
4
cups cauliflowerets
1
large sweet onion (Bermuda, Maui, Spanish, Walla Walla), thinly sliced and separated into rings
2
cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1
pound bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1
large head lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (12 cups)
2
cups onion-and-garlic-flavored croutons
1
can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 Mix broccoli, cauliflower and onion in very large (4-quart) bowl.
  • 2 Mix mayonnaise, cheese, sugar, salt and basil in small bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture to vegetables; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • 3 Just before serving, add bacon, lettuce, croutons and water chestnuts; toss lightly. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Red onion can be substituted for the sweet onion.

To reduce the fat in this recipe, crisply cook only 4 to 6 strips of bacon instead of using 1 pound. Just before serving, sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top of the salad instead of tossing it in. Also, select reduced-fat mayonnaise, reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese, and look for reduced-fat croutons.

The type of sweet onions available in the supermarket will vary depending on where you live and the time of year. Maui and Walla Walla are two of the most common varieties.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
380mg
380%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
2 Vegetable;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.