In a well-made chopped salad, every bite is a confetti-burst of flavor. To achieve that here, we've combined equal-size bits of crisp, colorful vegetables -- a feature that also makes it easy for kids to eat. For the finale, try one of these homemade dressings: Creamy Blue Cheese or Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Ranch. Made fresh, they have a flavor that just can't be matched by bottled versions.
Chop the lettuce heart into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Combine it with the bacon, other vegetables, and nuts in a large bowl and toss the mixture well.
Keep the salad chilled until serving time. Then toss it again with enough dressing to lightly coat the vegetables, and season it with salt and pepper. Serves 6.