Italian Salad

A good hearty salad is the hallmark of a great Italian dinner. Balance the richness of pasta and tomato based sauces with the freshness and crunchiness of lettuce. The cheese and olives add to the salad's umami.

Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


For the Dressing

  • 1 cup Flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp honey

For the Salad

  • 1 Romaine lettuce washed, dried and cut into large, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red capsicum large, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber continental, diced
  • 1 carrot peeled into ribbons
  • 6 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8 pitted olives
  • Feta crumbled to taste


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor and blitz to blend.

  2. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Right before serving, add about half of the dressing and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.