Italian Salad

Italian-Salad

Ingredients

  • Half of a small red onion, halved through the core
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium head radicchio
  • 1 pint small sweet cherry tomatoes, halved through the stem ends
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded then cut in half and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (or 4 ounces aged provolone, sliced into strips)
  • 5 peperoncini, stems cut off and discarded, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Dired oregano, for sprinkling
  • Toss in large bowl, dress and enjoy.
  • Directions

  • Slice the layers of onions lengthwise 1/16 inch thick. Place the onion slices in a small bowl of ice water and set aside. Drain the onion and pat dry with paper towels before adding them to the salad. Thinly slice the lettuce and radicchio. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, radicchio, tomatoes,cucumber, garbanzo beans, cheese, ,peperoncini, and onion slices. Toss to thoroughly combine the ingredients. Drizzle 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette and the juice of the lemon over the salad, then toss gently to coat the salad with the dressing. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice, or vinaigrette if desired. Sprinkle with extra oregano and serve.
  • Vinaigrette

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups good extra-virgin olive oil