This salad is by far the favorite of our family. It was one salad I could count on my boys eating, even when they were little. We enjoyed it for years at a local St. Louis restaurant, The Pasta House Company. Once I figured out how to make it at home, it became a regular on our dinner menus. It's great paired with just about anything--not just Italian food. It's healthy, wholesome ingredients make it a winner. I almost always make it when we entertain. Everyone seems to love it.
The salad dressing used in this recipe is explained in a separate post, Everyday Vinaigrette. It's a simple, essential dressing for this salad.
Step-by-step photos for making Everyday Italian Salad.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: romaine lettuce, quartered artichoke hearts, red onion, diced pimentos or roasted red peppers, grated Parmesan cheese, Everyday Vinaigrette. (Pasta House uses part iceberg lettuce, part romaine lettuce; I prefer all romaine for it's taste and higher nutritional value.)
Here's the vinaigrette recipe, in case you need it:
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