Parmesan Vegetable Toss

2 cups Miracle Whip
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 3/4 pound)
4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 3/4 pound)
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 large head iceberg lettuce, torn
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups croutons, optional

In a large bowl, combine the Miracle Whip, cheese, sugar, basil and salt. Add broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and water chestnuts; toss. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Just before serving, place lettuce in salad bowl and top with vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with bacon. Top with croutons if desired. Makes 16-18 servings.

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