Tossed Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing


1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 cups torn lettuce
1 large carrot, shredded
3 tablespoons bacon bits


In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, water, onion, garlic; simmer until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add sugar; simmer until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Stir in mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper. In a large salad bowl, toss the lettuce,carrots and bacon bits; add dressing and toss to coat. Top with croutons if desired.