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Italian Salad

A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style.

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, 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


5 comments on “Italian Salad”

  1. Looks so fresh and delicious! Yummmm!

  2. When I met my husband, who is from St. Louis, he introduced me to it as “Rich and Charlie’s” salad. Now, I believe, their restaurants are just known as the Pasta House. It is yummy and I can’t wait to surprise him with it 🙂 Thank you!

    • There are still Rich and Charlie’s, but Pasta House as well! Most restaurants on The Hill and throughout St. Louis serve a similar salad. Hope y’all enjoy it as much as we do! Have a beautiful weekend!

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