Mixed Green Salad with an Italian Vinaigrette

I wanted to serve a salad with the Italian Chili and the Parmesan-Corn Bread Muffins so I went in search of finding a good Italian vinaigrette to toss with a simple green salad.  After being inspired by several different recipes I decided to create one myself.  It was simple and delicious vinaigrette tossed with the mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, and shaved Parmesan cheese and it paired perfectly with the chili and corn bread muffins.

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, oregano, basil, dried mustard, onion powder, paprika, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a small bowl.  Whisk until well combined.  Set aside for flavors to mingle – at least 30 minutes.

Place a mixture of romaine and mixed greens together in a bowl then top with grape tomatoes, diced cucumbers, croutons, and shaved Parmesan cheese.  Drizzle the top with the Italian vinaigrette then toss to coat evenly.   Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Mixed Green Salad with an Italian Vinaigrette

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 10 min + 30 minutes for the flavors to mingle

Ingredients:

Italian Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup of canola oil
2 tbsp of olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp of sugar (more if desired)
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 tsp of dried basil
1/4 tsp of dried mustard
1/4 tsp of onion powder
1/4 tsp of paprika
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Mixed Green Salad:

2 cups of romaine lettuce, chopped
2 cups of mixed greens
Handful of grape tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/4 cup of croutons
Shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, sugar, oregano, basil, dried mustard, onion powder, paprika, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Set aside for flavors to mingle - at least 30 minutes.

Place a mixture of romaine and mixed greens together in a bowl then top with grape tomatoes, diced cucumbers, croutons, and shaved Parmesan cheese. Drizzle the top with the Italian vinaigrette then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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11 Responses to “Mixed Green Salad with an Italian Vinaigrette”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 11, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    It’s always good to have a vinaigrette recipe on hand, and I think I’ve found the perfect one! I seriously love all the spices you used in this one.

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    Jeff @ Cheeseburger — September 11, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    I love green salads. This one’s going to the top of my to make list this week.

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    Kim in MD — September 12, 2012 @ 4:07 am

    I eat salad every single day, and am always looking for new salad dressings. This Italian vinaigrette looks delicious, Pam! I love the herbs and spices in it, as well as the dried mustard. I can’t wait to try this!

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    Diane — September 12, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Delicious, I still have the muffins to make :-) Take care Diane

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    Lynda — September 12, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    Homemade vinaigrette is the way to go-great looking salad!

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    Sues — September 12, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    What a pretty salad! Your photos are amazing!

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    Marjie — September 12, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    It’s always amazing how a little of this and a little of that can make for a great salad dressing in a hurry, isn’t it?

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    Joanne — September 12, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Such a simple salad but it really does go perfectly with the rest of your meal!

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    Mary — September 12, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Homemade dressings really do make it hard to use store-bought again, don’t they? This one sounds great! Your salad is lovely.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 12, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    This homemade dressing sounds wonderful.

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    Chris — September 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    That third photo is just perfect, Pam. Great lighting and deep focus.

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