Saturday, December 15, 2012

Italian Salad

This is a great salad to serve with a pizza.  I made this salad for friends when we ordered pizza.  It is supposed to serve 4 – 6 people, but the 3 of us ate it all.  Yeah, it was that good.  Making that creamy Italian dressing really takes it up a notch!
  • 1 C. mayonnaise
  • ¼ C. milk or half and half
  • ¼ C. red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • ½ t. of sugar
  • 1 envelope of Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
  • 1 lb. Italian blend salad mix or romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 (5 oz.) jar of small stuffed green olives
  • 2 oz. pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar of sweet pepper rings, cut in pieces
  • 1 C. Italian blend cheese, shredded
  1. Make the dressing combining all of the ingredients by whisking until fully incorporated.
  2. When you are ready to serve the salad, combine the salad ingredients and pour ¾ C. of the dressing over the salad and toss. 
  3. Serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks:
  • I use an immersion blender to incorporate the dressing ingredients.  It works better and faster than whisking.
  • You can use any lettuce you like for this salad but I have tried it with iceberg and I don’t think it tasted as good.
  • If you can't find Italian blend cheese, just use 3/4 C. mozzarella and 1/4 C. Romano or Parmesan.

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