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Italian Salad

Italian SaladI love salads and make them several times a week. I was craving something different from our usual house salad. I looked through the refrigerator and found some kalamata olives and salami along with pine nuts and fresh Parmesan cheese. I used a simple homemade vinaigrette and was so happy with the end result. It was full of flavor and very tasty – my children (and husband) gobbled it up!

Italian Salad:


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful of kalamata olives
  • 5-6 slices of salami, quartered
  • 1/4 fresh red onion sliced thinly
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Frans Simple Vinaigrette

Add the pine nuts to a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook stirring frequently until golden brown, remove from heat and let cool.

Mix the romaine and spinach and add the tomatoes, olives, onions, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, top with Fran’s vinaigrette, toss and serve. Enjoy!

Italian Salad

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  1. Oh, you’ve done it now! This is such a great salad. I’ve always called this an “Italian chopped salad” … and it’s my absolute favorite. Throw in some chick peas and it’s a complete meal. YUM!

  2. Pam,
    This sounds delicious!
    Do you use a seasoned or an unseasoned rice vinegar for your dressing? Also, this looks like it would be good with a champagne or cider vinegar too, great recipe!

  3. Jason,

    I use seasoned rice vinegar (I just fixed it in the post) but I am sure champagne or cider vinegar would work great too.

  4. (Thanks for the comment on my blog.)

    Anyway, on topic. That looks nice, might suggest it instead of our family’s usual lettuce-tomato-cucumber salads. Mmm.

  5. for some inexplicable reason, i find pine nuts to be magical. their presence alone is enough to ensure that i’d love this salad. 🙂

  6. I’ve had some pine nuts around the house for awhile, and I was waiting for an elegant way to use them! This sounds like a winner. Thanks!

  7. Hi there! Thank you for visiting me as well = ) Are you up north in the US? AHHH Pine Nuts…. I love pine nuts but they are rather exuberant here (In Tokyo)- are they as expensive in the US? Oh and the Olives… I could eat the straight from the Jar..