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Our favorite Italian salad » Simple and Healthy Recipe! ✅

This is a favorite both in restaurants and at home!

Italian salad it’s stuffed with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, olives, red onions, and of course, hot peppers. Let’s add a simple homemade Italian vinaigrette for the perfect fresh salad.

This salad is packed with flavor and we love it as a fresh side dish alongside our favorite Italian-inspired recipes.

When we go to an Italian restaurant, one of the things I crave is endless bowls of fresh Italian salad.


Lettuce – I love the combination of lettuces in this recipe, I start with iceberg lettuce or a large head of romaine lettuce and add a little radicchio.

Condiments – Keep it simple or add lots of goodies. This recipe uses red onion, Romagna, or cherry tomatoes, chilies, olives, and homemade croutons.

Dress – I love homemade Italian dressing (or creamy Italian dressing), but any vinaigrette you like will work well with this recipe.


  • Pasta – Turn it into an Italian pasta salad by adding cooked and cooled tortellini or penne cheese.
  • Vegetables – Add the hearts of artichokes, red peppers, cucumbers.
  • Other additions – Try salami or white beans if you like.

how to make italian salad

  1. Wash and dry the lettuce and radicchio and cut them into small pieces.
  2. Prepare the rest of the fresh ingredients. according to the recipe below.
  3. Prepare the Italian dressing if you make it at home.
  4. Pour everything into a large bowl and serve immediately.

If you are making this salad recipe ahead of time or planning on leftovers, do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve the salad!

Get ready for an easy meal

  • To make ahead of time, add ingredients to bowl (except croutons) and don’t chop tomatoes.
  • Cover with a slightly damp paper towel with cling film and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Add the croutons and season with the sauce just before serving.

italian salad dressing

We love homemade Italian dressing, but we use any type of vinaigrette, including balsamic or Dijon vinaigrette.

CONDITION TIP: Oil and vinegar (or vinaigrette) dressings can be separated, including the dijon or a bit of honey (or even an egg yolk like in Caesar salad dressing) can help keep the mixture from separating so don’t skip them! Shake in a glass jar before serving as ingredients may settle.

Tips for a great salad

  • If you make it ahead of time, cut the lettuce leaves (rather than chop them) to prevent the salad from wilting or bruising. If you’re going to serve it right away, the cut is fine.
  • For a delicious presentation, use a peeler to scrape up bits of Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  • Add more lemon juice or fresh or dried herbs (such as dried oregano) and minced garlic cloves to bottled dressing to boost flavor.
  • If you plan on leftovers, don’t add the dressing to the entire salad.

This Italian salad recipe can be topped with salmon or chicken as a complete meal.

It’s great to serve with Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan or Chicken Piccata. Don’t forget to add a side of focaccia (with olive oil for dipping)

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easy italian salad

This Italian salad recipe is stuffed with crisp lettuce, tomatoes, olives, onions, and of course hot peppers, all tossed in a spicy Italian dressing.

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 10 minutes

Total time 20 minutes

  • Wash and dry the lettuce and radicchio.

  • Add the other ingredients along with the seasoning to taste.

  • Mix and decorate with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Store leftover salad (separated from dressing) in an airtight container for up to 4 days. homemade italian dressing

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or use half olive oil, half vegetable oil)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian dressing
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or 1 very small clove) garlic, optional

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Calories: 139 | Carbs: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 490mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Vitamin C: 23.7mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1.4mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Appetizer Dish, Salad, American Side Dish, Italian Cuisine

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