Italian Chopped Salad with Fresh Italian Dressing

5 from 5 reviews

This light-yet-filling chopped Italian salad is packed with ALL the best things about Spring: fresh veggies, cheese, crispy croutons, and a fresh homemade Italian dressing.



Italian Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Italian Salad

  • 10 ounces chopped romaine lettuce (about 2 medium or 3 small heads, chopped)
  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup very thinly sliced red onions
  • 1 cup peperoncinis stems removed
  • 1 cup Italian croutons
  • 1/2 cup small cubed whole milk mozzarella (or pearls)
  • 1/4 lb Italian salami sliced in ribbons
  • 1 jar (6 ounce) marinated quartered artichoke hearts drained


  1. In small bowl whisk together red wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil.
  2. In large bowl combine romaine, grape tomatoes, red onions, peperoncinis, croutons, mozzarella, salami and artichoke hearts. Drizzle with dressing; toss and serve promptly.

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