Italian Salad

I 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!

  • 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!

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27 Responses to “Italian Salad”

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    Paula — September 23, 2008 @ 5:19 am

    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!

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    Emily — September 23, 2008 @ 5:44 am

    Oh, I could soooo go for this rigth now! It looks d-lish! What a salad!

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    Beth — September 23, 2008 @ 6:40 am

    Anything with pine nuts in and Im won over. This sounds fantastic

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    Jason — September 23, 2008 @ 7:05 am

    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!

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    HoneyB — September 23, 2008 @ 9:01 am

    I don’t care if you live on the other side of the country….I’m coming to your house for dinner!

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    Katherine Aucoin — September 23, 2008 @ 11:05 am

    Your salad sounds so packed full of flavor and fresh. I’m craving your salad right now.

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    Adam — September 23, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    Looks delicious. I haven’t had salami in forever, but the mix of salty and sweet you have sounds great :)

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    Lisa — September 23, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

    Now this looks delicious.

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    Aggie — September 23, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

    Wow, Pam this looks delicious!

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    Pam — September 23, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    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.

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    Cheryl — September 23, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    Looks beautiful, I am always excited every morning to see what you have posted it is always yummy looking!

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    Miss Insanity — September 23, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    (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.

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 23, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

    this look so good!! italian salad or dressing or anything for that matter is always so good!

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    Dawn — September 23, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    Ohh pine nuts! Nice that’s a good combo: pine nuts, salami, olives. Yeah!

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    mikky — September 23, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

    hey pam, great looking salad you have there… :)

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    Anonymous — September 23, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — September 23, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

    Yum, I love salads like this! I made a similar one the other day!

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    Grace — September 23, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

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

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    The Blonde Duck — September 23, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    I need to eat more salads. I think I’ll start with this one.

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    Hillary — September 23, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

    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!

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    Candy — September 23, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

    What a pretty salad!

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    Usha — September 23, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    This looks wonderful !

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    MaryBeth — September 23, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    My husband is a salad freak, I really think he would loves this one.

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    Girl Japan — September 23, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

    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..

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    Pam — September 23, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

    I haven’t had salami in ages! I really need to get some.

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    Marjie — September 24, 2008 @ 12:58 am

    I love a good salad! I’ll take veggies, meat, cheese, especially cheese, because you can never have too much cheese….

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    Jenny — September 24, 2008 @ 3:06 am

    Now this is my kind of salad! It’s perfect, love your pics. I am seriously drooling!

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