Big Italian Salad

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This Italian salad pairs nicely with Italian comfort food. You’ll love the homemade dressing! The recipe is from Once Upon a Chef blog.
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  • Make the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor except for the olive oil. Pulse to blend. In a slow stream, add the olive oil, so you end up with an emulsified vinaigrette.
  • Place all of the salad ingredients except for the cheese in a large bowl. Right before serving, add about half of the dressing and toss well. Add more dressing little by little as necessary; be sure to dress greens very generously, otherwise salad will be bland. Toss in the cheese, then taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.


Vinaigrette may separate over time.  Add to a jar or bottle and shake vigorously to emulsify.

Cook Times

Active Prep15
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Hands-Off Cook0
Total Time15 minutes
Recipe Serving Size10




  • 1 cup Italian parsley loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh basil loosely packed
  • ½ teaspoon dry oregano
  • 3 clove garlic peeled
  • 3 ounce red wine vinegar best quality
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil best quality


  • 1 head butter lettuce medium heads, cut in bite size pieces
  • 2 each red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 each English cucumber chopped
  • 2 each carrot peeled into ribbons
  • 2 stalk celery chopped
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 13 ounce cherry tomato halved
  • 4 ounce pitted Kalamata olives halved
  • 3 ounce feta cheese or to taste

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Note: Ricotta salata is an Italian sheep's milk cheese that has a salty, slightly tangy flavor, almost like a dry Italian feta. It is not the same as the wet ricotta in the tub. You can find it at Whole Foods, gourmet grocers or specialty cheese shops.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4286IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg

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