Italian Sub Inspired Salad

7 03 2012

Sometimes you just need an idea to spark your own recipe creativity! I make a lot of salad for dinner, or to serve along as a side dish to my main course. I knew I wanted to make a salad tonight, but I wanted to do something different. Que the Italian sub salad recipe from Food Network Magazine. I took their recipe and easily made it my own with ingredients I had on hand.

Italian Sub Inspired Salad

The following makes 2 large dinner salads:

  • About 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Good splash of red wine vinegar, adjust to your liking
  • Garlic powder
  • About 1 cup giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies), drained and chopped, plus 2 Tbsp brine from the jar
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped (you could also use torn basil)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly sliced
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Sliced meat such as prosciutto, capicola, genoa salami or pepperoni, use one or any combo (I actually only had turkey pepperoni so that’s what I used)
  • Provolone, either shaved sliced / diced
  • About 1 cup croutons (see my homemade crouton recipe from 1/18)
  • Handful of sunflower seeds

Whisk olive oil, brine juice, a good splash of red wine vinegar and a dash of garlic powder in a large bowl. Toss in the giardiniera with parsley or basil, olives, meat and provolone. Let sit about 20 minutes to let the flavors combine. Add the romaine and toss well. Add the croutons and sunflower seeds just before serving. Taste and adjust vinegar and/or seasoning as needed.

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27 03 2014
Janet Johnson

Easy to make. Common ingredients. I was unfamiliar with the Italian vegetables but found a jar at my favorite grocer (the vegetables in this particular brand came in mild or hot, the mild being just right for the salad). Fresh tasting. The dressing did not overwhelm the salad. It could easily be a meal by itself. The homemade croutons were a good compliment to the salad. It would be perfect with a crusty bread and wine.

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