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Soccer Salad

The reader who contributed this tasty recipe exclaims, "The origin of this salad's unusual name is unknown, but it's a definite crowd pleaser. Every time I bring it to a potluck, soccer game or other event, I'm asked to share the recipe."
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 oz. blanched slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. MSG
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 heads leaf lettuce - rinsed dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup  chow mein noodles


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the almonds and sesame seeds onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until the almonds are just turning golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool completely. Meanwhile, place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, cool, and crumble.

For the dressing:

  1. Shake the sugar, vinegar, monosodium glutamate, vegetable oil, and garlic in a glass jar with a sealable lid until mixed.
  2. Combine the cooled almonds, sesame seeds, crumbled bacon, lettuce, and chow mein noodles in a bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing overtop and gently toss until coated.

Recipe Notes

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