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