Italian Chopped Salad

I feel almost embarrassed to tell you about this salad today, because it’s so versatile that it’s practically not even a recipe.  But because I think like a food blogger and not a normal person, I feel compelled to chat about it anyhow.  Five (count ’em, five!) of the main ingredients are on sale, so it would practically be like withholding information for me not to speak about it.Plus, it’s good for you and really delicious at the same time.

When I say it’s a versatile recipe, that means you should go to your pantry or fridge and add any old Italian-type ingredient you have hanging around:  a handful of canned chick peas, sliced olives, or chopped pepperoncini – maybe even some diced provolone or mozzarella if you have it on hand.  I tossed in some torn basil leaves left over from last night’s pasta dish, which was a nice touch, and also some shredded mozzarella that I needed to use up.  You really can’t go wrong.

(Unless you added chocolate chips, frozen okra, or Special K.  Those are not Italian salad ingredients and they would not work here.)

Enjoy!  :-)

CHOPPED ITALIAN SALAD
SERVES: 4
SOURCE:  foodandwine.com

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped into 1″ squares (romaine lettuce is on sale)
1/4 lb. diced salami (Usinger’s Salami is on sale in the deli)
1/3 c. chopped red onion
1 1/2 c. drained, rinsed, and chopped artichoke hearts (Vigo Quartered Artichoke Hearts are on sale)

3 T. red or white wine vinegar
1/4 c. good quality olive oil
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. grated Parmesan (Sendiks Imported Parmesan is on sale)

Croutons for serving, optional (Fresh Gourmet Croutons are on sale)

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the romaine, salami, onions, and artichoke hearts.  Toss to combine.

Add the vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan to the bowl.  Toss thoroughly to combine the ingredients.  Top with croutons if desired.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | March 25th, 2011