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Italian salad

Perfect Italian Salad

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


This classic Italian salad is your soul mate side dish! It features crisp veggies, crunchy croutons, tangy pepperoncini, and a punchy homemade dressing.


  • 1/2 recipe Homemade Croutons (or use purchased or omit for gluten-free)
  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups butter lettuce
  • 1 handful sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives (or halved olives)
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup large Parmesan shavings (omit for vegan)


  1. Make the homemade croutons (or make them in advance). 
  2. Make the Italian dressing.
  3. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the red onion. Slice the tomatoes in half. 
  4. Place the greens in bowls, then top with the vegetables, olives, pepperoncini, Parmesan shavings, and croutons, then drizzle with dressing. Or, you can place them all together in a large serving bowl and toss with the dressing. (If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately and keep the croutons at room temperature. Bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.)
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Italian salad