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Italian Salad in a large white serving bowl

Italian Salad

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My go-to salad recipe is this fresh and flavorful Italian Salad. It's made with a variety of tasty ingredients and is tossed in an easy homemade Italian vinaigrette. You're going to want to serve it with everything!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy Italian Salad, homemade Italian Salad, Italian Salad
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 side servings
Calories 275
Author Kim


For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the salad:

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup pitted black olives halved
  • 1/3 cup sliced or whole pepperoncini peppers
  • 2 cups croutons more or less depending on preference
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving


For the vinaigrette:

  • Add all ingredients to a jar with a lid. I use a mason jar. Shake vigorously to combine all ingredients. Use immediately or store in the fridge for about a week.
    Italian Salad dressing in a small mason jar

For the salad:

  • Add all salad ingredients to a large salad serving bowl. Toss to combine, drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss again to coat the salad. Serve with more Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.



*Nutritional information includes all of the vinaigrette.
Storing Italian Salad - Like most salad recipes, once the salad and dressing have combined, it is hard to store for any length of time. The dressing will quickly start to make the salad and croutons soggy. Only dress what you plan on eating and store the salad and dressing separately for longer storage. Both will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1263IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 1mg