One garlic clove, halved lengthwise
Romaine lettuce hearts, torn, washed and spun-dry
Carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
Cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella, grated or cubed
Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
Grape tomatoes (preferably sweet, low-acid yellow ones), halved cross-wise
Salami or other lunch meat, sliced into ribbons
Chickpeas or other canned beans, drained and rinsed
Hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered
Red, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded, cored and diced
Cooked chicken or fish, sliced or flaked
1. Rub a large bowl with the cut sides of the garlic clove. Add lettuce and toppings as desired.
2. Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil to taste (a standard ratio is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil, though your family may prefer equal amounts of each). Toss well and serve.
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