Italian Salad

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  • A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style.

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    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, St. Louis 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.

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    This is one of my favorite Italian salad recipes. The biggest difference is in the dressing. Unlike most recipes for Italian salad dressing, it’s not filled with herbs. Instead, I use red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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    It doesn’t include some traditional Italian ingredients though and introduced me to artichokes and pimentos before I realized how much I love them!

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    Italian Salad Recipe:

    A Taste of Home | St. Louis Salad

    Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time Total Time 5 mins
    Yields 6

    Easy Italian Salad with a St. Louis style Italian salad dressing tossed with pimentos, parmesan, red onion and artichoke hearts.


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


    In a large bowl, combine iceberg, romaine, artichoke hearts, onion, and pimentos.

    In a jar, combine olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Shake well.

    Toss with dressing and parmesan.

    Recipe Notes

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

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    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!

    entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner


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