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Monday, July 12, 2010

Italian Restaurant Salad

My mom gave me this salad recipe a long time ago, but I always overlooked it in favor of some of my favorites (like this strawberry spinach salad). So when she said we were going to make it for my grandma's birthday party, I was excited that I'd finally get to try it. My mom gets all the credit for putting this salad together---I merely photographed (and made this salad as well).

The Italian Restaurant Salad is correctly named--it tastes like it's straight out of an authentic Italian restaurant. Typically I prefer a sweeter salad, but you can't go wrong with an Italian salad like this. It's great paired with pasta, pizza, or lasagna!

Italian Restaurant Salad

-3 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp red wine vinegar
-2 tsp lemon juice
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp sugar
-1/2 tsp oregano
-1/4 tsp pepper
-2 cloves garlic, minced finely

-8-10 cups torn leaf & romaine lettuce
-3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
-1/2 cup grated carrots
-1/2 cup mild banana pepper rings
-1/4 cup black olives
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Cover until serving (don't need to refrigerate).
2. Toss lettuce with tomatoes, carrots, banana peppers, olives, and cheese. Add dressing and toss until well-coated. Serve immediately.