Italian Salad

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  • A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style. Mix up this delicious, memorable salad in less than 10 minutes!

    italian salad

    There are always those few foods that remind you of “home.” A taste of something you love that brings you back. Most of them, I can’t recreate, like Ted Drewes frozen custard or St. Louis style pizza with provel.

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    However, Italian salad is so easy, seasonless and delicious, that I find myself making it often. Honestly, I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s among the best salads in St. Louis and can be found in almost any local Italian restaurant and American restaurant here.

    red wine vinaigrette recipe

    This is my absolute favorite Italian salad recipe. It always receives rave reviews. It makes an incredible lunch and is the perfect side salad for barbecues, picnics, Mother’s Day, Labor Day and so much more! pastas and sandwiches to burgers. It’s a great recipe for just about every occasion.

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    It goes great with everything from traditional Italian food like pizzas,

    Like most Italian salad dressings, it’s made with oil and vinegar, but there is one big difference in the dressing – it’s not filled with herbs. It’s simple, yet flavorful. This Italian Salad is made with red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

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    This salad is filled with flavorful veggies including artichokes, pimentos or red peppers and red onion served with romaine and tossed with grated parmesan cheese. You can add fresh mozzarella if you’d like as well. In St. Louis, I highly recommend provel.

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    How to Make an Italian Salad

    italian salad ingredients

    Combine vegetables in a large bowl. If you prefer an Italian chopped salad, finely chop all ingredients first.

    Add grated parmesan.

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    In a jar, combine olive oil and red vinegar with salt and pepper. Shake vigorously and toss with salad.

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    What to Serve Italian Salad With

    salad toss

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    If you love Italian Salad, you can even make it into pasta saladItalian Pasta Salad! Get the recipe here!

    Italian Salad Recipe:

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    5 from 11 votes

    Italian Salad with Italian Salad Dressing

    Easy Italian Salad with a St. Louis style Italian salad dressing tossed with pimentos, parmesan, red onion and artichoke hearts.
    Course Salad
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword dressing, easy recipe, salad, vegetable, vegetarian, vinaigrette
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 322 kcal


    • 1 head iceberg lettuce clean and chopped
    • 1/3 head romaine lettuce clean and chopped
    • 1 c artichoke hearts drained {not marinated, 6.5 oz can}
    • 1/2 c diced pimentos drained {7 oz jar}
    • 1 c red onion sliced
    • 2/3 c olive oil
    • 1/3 c red wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper fresh
    • 2/3 c parmesan cheese


    1. In a large bowl, combine iceberg, romaine, artichoke hearts, onion, and pimentos.
    2. In a jar, combine olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Shake well.
    3. Toss with dressing and parmesan.

    Recipe Notes

    This is one of the few recipes I use store bought grated parmesan cheese.

    Nutrition Facts
    Italian Salad with Italian Salad Dressing
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 322 Calories from Fat 270
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 30g 46%
    Saturated Fat 5g 25%
    Cholesterol 7mg 2%
    Sodium 706mg 29%
    Potassium 201mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 28.6%
    Vitamin C 30.4%
    Calcium 16.1%
    Iron 6.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    This post was originally shared in March 2014, prior to moving back “home”. I hope you enjoy it as much as we St. Louisan’s do!

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