Easy Salad Recipe

Simple But Elegant Salad
Secret Salad Dressing Recipe

This is an Easy Salad Recipe but looks elegant and is a salad that is sure to impress your family and your guests.

The reason is that you are going to serve it with a secret restaurant salad dressing!

This recipe pairs avocado, Roma tomato, Romaine lettuce and freshly grated Parmesan with my secret salad dressing recipe for balsamic vinaigrette for an everyday salad favorite.

Because of the salad dressing, this is a favorite restaurant salad recipe.

And this delicious salad proves that fresh, high quality ingredients taste superb with little else added.

You just need the salad dressing to bring all the wonderful flavors together perfectly.

A Roma tomato is also called a pear or a plum or paste tomato. It has a compact oval shape and is known for its firmness.

It has fewer seeds and less juice than other tomatoes so it is frequently used in tomato based sauces for its full flavor.

It comes as a red, orange or yellow tomato, with red Romas being more common than yellow or orange ones.

If you have a couple different colored Romas, use them. It has great visual appeal.

Botanically, tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, but in 1893 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the tomato must be considered a vegetable. Vegetables and fruits were subject to different import duties, so because the tomato was eaten more as a vegetable, it was defined as one. (???? - I'm only reporting, friends.)

Ripe tomatoes should be stored at room temperature, not refrigerated. Chilling a tomato will change the flavor.

An avocado is also botanically a fruit that is treated more as a vegetable. It should be quite soft before opening and eating.

The Haas avocado is smaller than other varieties with pebbly black-brown skin and is darker than the emerald type grown in Florida.

I almost always use Haas avocados. To me, they seem to be more flavorful and less watery than other varieties.

I use Romaine lettuce for this recipe because of its looks - long narrow leaves, its crunchy ribs and nutritional value. Romaine is also the lettuce most often used in Caesar salad.

Enjoy this easy salad recipe and the company of those you share it with!

Avocado, Tomato, Romaine Salad

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Easy Salad Recipe - But Elegant!

Preparation time:  20 minutes.  Serves 4.


  • 1 small head Romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Haas avocado, peeled and diced
  • The secret Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing



  • Combine the lettuce and tomato in a salad bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time
  • Toss with avocado with the vinaigrette dressing to moisten
  • Salt and pepper, if desired, and sprinkle grated Parmesan over the salad generously

TA-DA!  That's a great job! Enjoy this classic, easy salad recipe and the company of those you share it with!