Insalata Mista

LAST UPDATED: Aug 15, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 15, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

A light and refreshing classic Insalata Mista with shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts tossed in a delcious balsamic vinaigrette. This mixed salad goes great with just about every entree!

White bowl of mixed salad and wooden spoons on a white countertop

What is Insalata Mista?

Insalata Mista, (meaning mixed salad in Italian) most often refers to a bed of arugula layered with fresh vegetables. This particular version of this salad is made with grape tomatoes, pine nuts, shaved parmesan and then tossed with balsamic. What I love about this salad is that it can also include carrot, radish, cucumber and more!

This Insalata Mista is inspired by one of our favorite local eateries – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta. You’ll find similar versions at Italian restaurants around the world, but this one will always be my favorite!

Marble countertop with a white salad plate filled with a green salad, cherry tomatoes, parmesan and more.

How to Serve Insalata Mista

While Insalata Mista is traditionally served with Italian food, it lends itself well to just about any entree. It’s perfect with chicken, steaks, fish and more! It’s great for a barbecue and can even stand alone for a delicious lunch.

It’s a basic salad recipe that’s always a crowd-pleaser. It takes about five minutes from start to finish, making it perfect for a last minute side salad or for entertaining. In fact, it’s my go-to side salad because it looks as beautiful as it tastes and tends to fit all diets. I love that it looks so beautiful and colorful on a plate or in a bowl, too! 

White salad bowl with bright arugula, cherry tomatoes and parmesan.

Did you know that in Italy, insalata mista (and all other salad) is generally served alongside the entree or even after? It’s thought that the acidity in the ingredients helps cleanse the palate and prepare you for more wine or dessert! What’s not to love about that?

Let’s live like the Italians and get this delicious salad started, shall we? 

Deep white salad bowl on a white countertop, filled with salad and wooden spoons.

Insalata Mista Ingredients

  • Mixed greens – the bed of this classic salad.
  • Shaved Parmesan – also known as parmigiano, thick shavings give the salad a hint of flavor and protein.
  • Grape Tomatoes – add color and juicy flavor.
  • Pine Nuts – adds a little crunch and protein to this mixed salad.
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette – so important to this insalata mista recipe, a blend of quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

White salad bowl on a white counter with arugula and cherry tomatoes.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add radish, shaved carrots, red onion or cucumbers to the salad.
  • Substitute mixed greens with arugula, romaine, bibb, even endive.
  • Substitute parmesan with goat cheese or blue cheese.
  • Substitute pine nuts with toasted walnuts or pecans.
  • For even more flavor, add 1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves.

White plate filled with instalata mista mixed salad.

How to Make Insalata Mista

  1. In a large bowl, add arugula. arugula in a bowl
  2. Combine balsamic ingredients in a jar and shake.
  3. Toss mixed greens or arugula with balsamic vinaigrette.
    pouring balsamic vinaigrette onto mixed greens
  4. Top with shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes and pine nuts.

White salad bowl filled with arugula, pine nuts and grape tomatoes.

What to Serve Mixed Salad With

Wooden spoons sticking out of full white salad bowl.

More Easy Salad Recipes

White salad bowl and wooden spoons, filled with insalata mista.

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White bowl of mixed salad and wooden spoons on a white countertop

Insalata Mista

A light and refreshing classic Insalata Mista with shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes, and pine nuts tossed in a delcious balsamic vinaigrette. This mixed salad goes great with just about every entree!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 195kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 c mixed greens
  • 2 oz parmesan shaved
  • 1 c grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 c pine nuts
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add mixed greens.
  • In a jar with a lid, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously.
  • Toss dressing with salad.
  • Add in parmesan, tomatoes and pine nuts.

Notes

Substitutions and Variations
  • Add radish, shaved carrots, red onion or cucumber to the salad.
  • Substitute mixed greens with arugula, romaine, bibb, even endive.
  • Substitute parmesan with goat cheese or blue cheese.
  • Substitute pine nuts with toasted walnuts or pecans.
  • For even more flavor, add 1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1mg
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