big italian salad
According to my Myers-Briggs personality type (ISFJ, dat’s me!), my kitchen style is farmhouse. That is SPOT ON, you guys, as I have been dreaming of a farmhouse sink and butcher block counters in my kitchen for ages.
And now I know you’re curious, too, what your personality’s kitchen style is so you can find out here but only if you promise to come back and read more about this big Italian salad, OK? Because as is indicative of my personality/kitchen style, I just want all of us to be gathered together over food around my imaginary giant farmhouse table.
Whew, I’m so glad you came back. I was a little worried. Because I have big things to tell you about — BIG SALAD things, that is. Like the kind you see here, chockfull of lettuces and tomatoes and thinly sliced celery and red onion and salty olives and Parmesan cheese shavings and tangy pepperoncini peppers all tossed in an amazing classic Italian dressing. It’s the kind of salad I actually get excited about, which doesn’t happen often. But when it does, I.am.obsessed. And I make it eleventeen times in a row for lunch and dinner side salad and sometimes just actual dinner because I love it so much.
Though in the case of this salad, I made just one batch and have been crunching/munching away on it all week long. Because did I mention it’s a BIG salad? It totally is.
It seems like summer is finally popping in its sunshine-y face around these parts and with that comes my favorite thing to do of all the things — eat outside. All winter long I dream of sitting on my deck with a cold beer eating something from the grill for dinner with side dishes of the easy, cool, light, healthy, fresh, flavorful variety. This salad definitely fits that category. The most work you have to do to make this salad happen is chop up some veggies with a knife and give the homemade dressing a good ol’ shake in a Mason jar. Toss, toss, toss, devour. Repeat if desired. Do it all in the sunshine.
This salad would be great for parties and potlucks, too, many of which I’m sure you cool peeps have on the schedule for the summer. I have a few planned myself, but not enough to satisfy the number of times I’m going to crave this salad (which may just be every day, for real). So when I don’t have an occasion for which to bring the big salad, I’ll make one for myself, put some salad jars together with dressing on the bottom (because ain’t nobody got time for soggy salads), stock them in the fridge and enjoy them for lunches and dinners and the like all week long. This is my summer eating plan and I’m sticking to it. If you want to follow suit, I’d approve.
OK so tell me: What is your personality type’s kitchen style? And can I invite myself over to it with this salad? I can bring brownies, too.Print
Big Italian Salad
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: Italian
For the salad:
- 1 heart romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 small head radicchio, cored and chopped
- 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pitted green olives
- 8 pepperoncini peppers
- 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, gently toss together ingredients for salad. Add all ingredients for dressing to a resealable jar; seal jar and shake vigorously to combine (alternatively, combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until well combined). Drizzle dressing over salad, lightly toss salad again, and serve immediately.
I adore large salads like this with lots of goodies!!
I mean, if you’re offering brownies I’ll take them, but I’d be just as happy with a big bowl of this! So many of my favorites in one extra large bowl.
I’m totally ISFJ too which is spot on with my love for farmhouse style kitchens! This salad reminds me of my (embarrassing) love for Olive Garden’s salad…SO much Italian goodness! Love it!
Oooh this looks delicious!
There are kitchen chairs open for all three of you! And I’ll be more than happy to eat the brownies too, thank you very much. 🙂
I’m with Taylor – I totally thought you’d made a copycat Olive Garden salad! Which, you know, would be fantastic because I love that salad. But this looks so fresh and colourful, I just want to dig right in! Totally putting this on the list for dinner next week. Yum!
This looks like the perfect summer salad to go with everything. Or just by itself 😉 Love that personality test, btw! Looks like I’m Scandanavian.
Just the kind of salad I love!! So much good stuff in here!
How did you know I just went on an epic vacation eating palooza, and all I’ve been wanting/craving is gigantic salads of all kinds. Perfection! (PS. I’m in ESFJ! Apparently that’s a simple chic kitchen, which is a little true, but I’m a sucker for farmhouse everything too 🙂 )
Ooooh looks delish…but doesn’t the Girl vs the Dough think some homemade seasoned croutons would go great on this? ; ) justathought
This is my kind of salad!! It looks so delicious, with a ton of great stuff 🙂 love it! Pinned 🙂
Taylor — Um, I see no reason to be embarrassed about that. Their salad is THE BEST. And I should totally put a copycat dressing on this next time! (also yay for ISFJs! :))
Julie — WHYYYYY did I not even think of that? Clearly I’m off my game.
Fellow ISFJ here! I dream of one day having a farmhouse kitchen. And that salad looks like the perfect recipe to make this weekend 🙂
This salad is beautiful! Big and bountiful! Just the way I like them!
First off loving the Seinfeld-ian big salad!! I’m INFJ so we are almost the same but my kitchen is so not me. Once we get in a house I am thinking my INFJ personality will be able to take over the kitchen!
Stefanie — Elaine would be so proud!
Love this simple and bright salad! I am definitely an ENFJ and agree with fact that a kitchen should have a stunning view! 🙂
Love the colors of this salad!
Also, a few years back when I took the Myers-Briggs test I was an ENTP. Decided to take it again today in lieu of this post and apparently I’m now an ENFP (aka The Champion). I’ll take it.
This is my kind of salad, so fresh and colorful! And I’m an ISTJ, and now I have to know my kitchen personality, off to find out!
You are bringing brownies? Or those blondies last week? Then I think our kitchen personalities will match!! Love love how bold and beautiful this salad is. Have a great weekend.
I’m between INFJ and ISFJ (maybe because I’m a Gemini?) and my kitchen style is a mix of farmhouse and Scandinavian, which I would say is pretty much on point. Another thing that’s on point, this salad! I love this sort of salad that’s just full of all kinds kf tasty things. I’m so not a simply dressed greens gal.
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