Italian Dinner Salad

I just made this salad last night to supplement some homemade pizzas, and is was a terrific hit! I was going for an Olive Garden knock off, and I must say that this was pretty darn close! I’ll definitely be making this salad and dressing again soon.

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Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 1 Bag American Blend Salad
  • 1 Small Tomato – Coarsely Chopped
  • 1/4 – 1/2 of a Red Onion – Sliced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Pickled Pepperoncini – Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Croutons (I used the Butter & Garlic kind.)
  • 1/4 Grated Parmesan Cheese

*Note: in the future I would add 1/4 Cup Sliced Black Olives.

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 Cup Light Mayo
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. EVOO
  • 1 Clove of Garlic – Minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

1. Put all dressing ingredients in a blender or salad dressing mixer and mix well – about 30 seconds. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
2. Put the salad blend in a large salad bowl, then top with the tomato, onion, pepperoncini, and olives if you chose to include them. Top it off with the croutons and a good dusting of parmesan cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. When ready to serve, toss the salad with about 1/2 to 3/4 of the dressing. This leaves a bit left for people that would like a little extra.

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