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Copycat Babe’s Salad

Babe Or, “How to get your four-year old to love lettuce.”


Yes, it’s iceberg lettuce, which we all know is primarily water, and of very little nutritional value. But it’s better than him pigging out on the ridiculously soft, buttery biscuits that come with said salad….agreed?  And considering this kid loves carbs almost more than I do, the fact that he turns down those biscuits for more lettuce speaks volumes about this stuff.


It is simple, sweet, vinegary perfection, particularly at the start of a meal you know is going to deliciously heavy. Gawsh do I love Babe’s.

We rarely go there unless family is in town, because we know we will overeat. There is just too much goodness going around….creamed corn (which I eat NEVER, unless it’s here), green beans cooked in bacon, and flat-out amazing chicken. The fact that my husband and I love love love the smoked chicken makes us feel a little better about gorging on everything else.

So, the salad isn’t exactly health food, but it is lettuce after all, right? We are fortunate that our boy likes vegetables, but if they’re piled all together in a beautiful, colorful pile, it’s just too much for him. Sensory overload y’all.

That being said, I figure if he has it in his mind that he does like “salads”, he will be less averse to trying more adventurous combos later!


Copycat Babe’s Salad

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2 TBS sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/4 c apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs canola oil (I usually use olive oil in salads, but here I feel it is just too strong)

1 head iceberg lettuce


First, chill those salad bowls! One thing that makes this salad so great at the resturant is how cold it is. Don’t skip this step!

Next, mix all dressing ingredients together in small bowl or jar. Chill in fridge while you chop the lettuce.

Cut lettuce into bite size pieces and  put into your chilled bowl/bowls. Pour dressing over the top and mix. Grind more fresh black pepper over the top if desired.


That’s it! No other veggies or cheese. In fact, I’ve read that the simplicity of ingredients in this salad has often led to it being referred to as “Honeymoon Salad.” If you’re interested to see why, you can read about it here…it’s pretty cute.


Recipe adapted from and with thanks to: Frugal Homekeeping

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Bonnie TaitJune 15, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Bree, I have enjoyed your recipes so much. Keep up the good work! Bonnie Tait

BreeJune 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Thank you so much Bonnie, you are so kind!

BreeJune 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Thank you so much Bonnie, you are so kind!

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