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Italiano Insalata

25 February 2015

Italiano Insalata Italiano Salad_heidikinscooks_Feb2015

One of my favorite pizza places serves a similar salad to this one, and I’ve always really loved it. So, I decided to recreate using some pantry and fridge staples, nothing super fancy required. I threw this together in just a few minutes and absolutely devoured it! This has a wonderful collection of flavors and textures!

Italiano Insalata

Baby spinach, torn or chopped into smaller pieces.
I find that with salads with lots of toppings I must have smaller lettuce so that I can fit both the greenery and the toppings on each fork full. If you want to double-fist it, spinach-toppings,  spinach-toppings, etc. then don’t tear up your lettuce.

For every two people you are feeding, add:
3 whole artichoke hearts, cut into quarters and then into thin slices
1 section red bell pepper, diced
1-2 green onions, white and light green parts, minced
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
5-8 thin slices of hard sausage–I used beef summer sausage, but you could also use salami or whatever you prefer–slice each round in to matchsticks
2 tablespoons shredded or fresh grated Parmesan cheese
A few twists of black pepper

Top with balsamic salad dressing, which you could probably make from scratch, but I absolutely buy it instead.

You can make this on individual plates, layering the ingredients as you go, or just toss it all together in a big bowl. Enough of this salad could easily be your whole meal, especially if you added extra garbanzo beans and sausage; or, you could use it as a side to some grilled chicken/steak, or a pasta dish. Or both, if you are Starvin’ Marvin.

I had this excellent epicurean dream to top this with a creamy blue cheese dressing…but, um, mine was expired. Not a little bit expired, but, like, 18+ months expired. With fuzzy mold. At this point in the evening I was starving and didn’t want to run to the grocery store for salad dressing because I knew I’d come home with a half-pound of Mozzarella sticks and the three-for-one discount priced donuts. So, I used a balsamic dressing instead and it was delicious. It wasn’t creamy, but I ended up eating salad for dinner instead of Mozzarella sticks and donuts, so overall I think it was okay.

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5 Comments
  1. Erin M permalink
    26 February 2015 2:31 pm

    Bummer about the dressing! You were so excited!!!!! Looks delish!!

    • 26 February 2015 2:37 pm

      Right!?! But, the balsamic really turned out quite delicious! And, you’ll note, no beets. This salad is now, officially, right up your alley!

      xox

  2. 1 March 2015 5:47 am

    Hi, You have used my favorite ingredients for your salad recipe. Yummy! With Love, Gitana

  3. audreysangrialover permalink
    26 April 2015 6:03 pm

    We just had this for dinner, and it was delicious!

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