The Classic Betty’s Salad & Homemade Dressing


The iconic Betty’s Salad. Have you heard of it? Even better, have you tried this delicious assortment of tender baby spinach, bean sprouts, hard-boiled eggs and crispy bacon with sweet red dressing?  Betty’s Salad is fairly well-known here in the midwest.  It was made famous by Betty Timko, owner of the elegant Timko’s Soup & Such, formerly located in Toledo, Ohio.  Mrs. Timko has since passed away, and her restaurant is now closed, but at one time crowds flocked to her all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffets. Betty came up with her wonderful salad and homemade dressing in 1961, and it’s still produced and sold in many grocery stores today.

When I was a young girl my family and I would dine in her restaurant for special holidays, usually Mother’s Day.   It was  a large place and classy looking to me.  Betty’s Salad was my favorite choice from the beautifully presented buffet of entrees, soups, sides, and desserts.  I recently made her salad and dressing at home and it was just as wonderful tasting as I remember it from back then.

Betty's Classic Salad

5 ounces Baby Spinach
6 hard-boiled eggs, diced
8 ounces fresh bean sprouts (or half a can, well-drained, if fresh are not available)
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled

Betty’s Classic Dressing
1 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup catsup
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, fine dice

Layer all salad ingredients in the order posted. Mix dressing ingredients – chill for approximately 1 hour to blend. Drizzle over the salad when ready to serve. Enjoy!





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  2. Tink Martin says:

    I’m having this today, in fact! I thoroughly combine all the dressing ingredients with a blender until it’s smooth. This has been my favorite salad for decades. Betty Timko sponsored my women’s bowling team for several years, and we always celebrated the end of the season at Timko’s restaurant.


  3. Kim Francisco says:

    I worked at the Holiday Inn restaurant in Michigan in 1970-72.Miss Timko was from Toledo but ran this restaurant too. She had her Betty Salad, which was famous in our small town. I loved it and ate it every day that I worked. I remember that she was wealthy but always very kind to us that worked for her. I heard that she had a nice restaurant in Toledo but I never went.


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