Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Italian Style Salad

I received this recipe from a relative about five years ago.  I first made it for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary and it made such a huge amount that I had to borrow an enormous serving bowl from our church to accommodate it.  I've since scaled it down to a more manageable recipe and I often take this for holiday meals and other family potlucks.  It's always a hit!

 For the salad, you will need 1 head of iceberg lettuce, 2 Romaine hearts, red onion, 1 small jar pimientos, 1 can medium black olives, 1 can artichoke hearts, 1 small container of grape tomatoes, 10 pepperoncinis, and grated Parmesan. 

 Start by chopping the iceberg lettuce!

 Then toss in 2 Romain hearts, chopped.

Cut the grape tomatoes in half and toss them in!  (You can leave them whole if you like!)

 Drain the olives, artichokes, pimientos and pepperoncinis!!  I left the olives whole.  I used quartered artichoke hearts and gave them a rough chop.  The pepperoncinis will need deseeded and sliced.

Add some thinly sliced red onion (I used about a 1/3 of the onion).  Sprinkle a 1/2 c-1 c. of grated Parmesan.  Add salt and pepper to taste!

This time I used an Italian dressing from a packet for convenience but I've included the homemade version below.  The recipe below is way better than store bought!!  :)

Italian Style Salad

2 Romaine hearts, chopped
1 head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/3 of a medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 container of grape tomatoes, halved
1 can quartered artichokes, drained and chopped
1 can medium black olives,
1 small jar pimientos, well-drained
10 pepperoncinis, well-drained, deseeded, and sliced
1/2- 1 cup of grated Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

Italian Style Dressing

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 T. water
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. sugar

Assemble salad in large bowl.  Mix dressing ingredients well.  Pour dressing over salad and toss well!  Serve immediately!

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1 comment:

  1. I love a good salad and this is perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and Happy Easter ~EMM