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Italian Salad

This zesty Italian Salad is easy enough for a weeknight and the best side salad to serve with a big Italian dinner! With a homemade Italian dressing recipe, or use your favorite store-bought dressing.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 309kcal


For the Salad:

  • 6 cups (loosely packed) chopped romaine lettuce or mixed greens, or lettuce of choice
  • 1 small cucumber chopped
  • ¼ small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
  • ½ cup sliced pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

For the Salad Dressing:

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon honey or more, to taste


To Make the Dressing:

  • Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until everything is mixed together well. (You can also make the dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake the jar to combine.)
  • Taste dressing and adjust seasonings as needed.

To Make the Salad:

  • Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add the cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, chickpeas, kalamata olives and pepperoncini.
  • Pour dressing over the salad, a little at a time, tossing to combine, until salad is dressed to your liking.
  • Sprinkle on the shredded Parmesan cheese and toss to mix in the cheese. Serve immediately.


  • You can use homemade or store-bought Italian salad dressing.
  • Salad and dressing can be made a day ahead. Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving. Extra dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6524IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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