Classic Italian Salad Recipe

Simple, fresh ingredients make this salad a favorite of everyone who tastes it. Garbanzo beans, hard boiled egg, Kalamata olives and tomato wedges are tossed with crunchy romaine then drizzled with a tart Italian dressing.

This recipe is from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and was originally published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Classic Italian Salad Recipe
4.7 from 3 ratings
Simple, fresh ingredients and a zesty Italian dressing make this salad a crowd-pleasing favorite.
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Classic Italian Salad recipe
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 3 heads romaine, washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cut into 6 wedges
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 15 kalamata olives
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 hard boiled egg, cut into quarters
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup italian dressing (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large serving bowl, place 3 heads romaine (washed and cut into 2-inch pieces). Place 6 large tomato wedges around the sides of the bowl.
  2. Over the romaine, sprinkle ½ a small thinly sliced red onion, 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, 15 Kalamata olives and 1 thinly sliced stalk of celery. Place 1 quartered hard boiled egg around the edges of the bowl.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with ½ cup Italian salad dressing, toss and serve.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup red wine vinegar, the juice from 1 lemon and 4 cloves minced garlic.
  5. Slowly drizzle in 1 ½ cups olive oil, whisking constantly until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Alternatively, use a blender or a food processor to prepare dressing.
  6. Transfer dressing to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 2 ½ cups.
Calories per Serving 679
Total Fat 58.5 g
Saturated Fat 8.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 24.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 33.0 g
Dietary Fiber 12.9 g
Total Sugars 8.0 g
Sodium 1,278.5 mg
Protein 10.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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