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.