Soccer Salad


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 or other event, I'm asked to share the recipe.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 3 ounces blanched slivered almonds

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

  • 5 slices bacon

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (such as Ac'cent®)

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon 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 (165 degrees C).

  2. Spread the almonds and sesame seeds onto an ungreased baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the almonds are just turning golden brown, about 8 minutes. 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. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, cool, and crumble.

  4. Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool; crumble.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
25g Fat
14g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 256mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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