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. This is a copycat recipe of a hugely popular salad 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. The simple, wholesome ingredients are such a winning combination. I almost always make it when we entertain. Everyone loves 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. I urge you not to use the bottled stuff--this is so much better and so easy to make!
Nutritional Information per 2 cup serving of salad (using 1/4 cup of vinaigrette for dressing the salad): 137 calories, 11g fat, 189mg sodium, 5.5g carbs, 1.4g fiber, 2.1g sugars, 5.3g protein. Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 3. Thinly slice the red onion. Make them paper thin--they're so much better that way. I use a mandolin.
Step 2. Cut each artichoke quarter in half.
view on Amazon: mandolin slicer
Step 4. Put the lettuce, artichokes, pimentos (or roasted red peppers), red onions, and grated Parmesan in a large bowl and toss together with vinaigrette.
And, that's all there is to it. So easy, and it tastes amazing!
Make-ahead tip: You can cut and assemble the ingredients in the bowl (without dressing it). Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours ahead. Right before serving, toss everything with the vinaigrette.
Serve it up. (It's good with toasted pine nuts sprinkled on top, too.)
This salad goes with virtually any meal. We eat it at least once a week at our house with grilled or baked meat or fish.
The perfect choice with Italian food. I pair this salad with these favorite Italian recipes for a meal we call a "Godfather Party" at our house (watching the movies with the meal is part of the fun):
Make it a Yummy day!
This post was updated 5/2015.