Everyday Italian salad

Looking for a delicious side dish to complement your pasta or elevate your home-cooked dinner? Look no further than this homemade Italian salad! Fans of Olive Garden's signature salad will find a lot to love here.
Italian salad on a blue platter

This homemade Italian salad is the perfect crunchy side dish for a pasta dish or when you have a dinner party at home. If you’ve ever tried the typical Olive Garden salad, you’re going to love this salad.

About this recipe

This Italian salad recipe is the improved version of any Italian restaurant salad you’ve tried before (think Olive Garden). This salad is vegan and made with fresh and clean ingredients.

This salad combines fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, black olives and pepperoncini, salami, and vegan parmesan cheese, all tossed in a homemade Italian dressing.

Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni cheese, olives and Italian salad dressing.

Ingredients for Italian salad

  • Romaine lettuce, use whatever lettuce you like, but I love the crunchiness of this lettuce.
  • Cherry tomatoes You can substitute them with tomato slices or chopped tomatoes.
  • Thinly sliced red onion. If you want to remove the sharp bite from the onion, soak it in cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Black olives use pitted olives, the ones you like best.
  • Pepperoncini, you can use sliced or whole.
  • Salami and vegan cheese this is 100% optional.
  • Italian dressing

Add ons, other ingredients

How to make Italian salad

First, chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Halve the tomatoes and place the rest of the ingredients on top of the lettuce bed.

Gradually add the dressing and mix with your hands or salad dressing. Be careful not to overdress the salad; under no circumstances should any dressing be left on the bottom of the plate.

Lettuce, tomato and onion

Tips to make the best salad

Choose fresh ingredients – The key to a great Italian salad is to use fresh ingredients. Choose fresh, crisp leafy greens, ripe, juicy tomatoes, and other vegetables that are in season.

Use high-quality olive oil – Italian salads often rely on a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.

Choose the right vinegar – The vinegar you choose can also significantly affect the salad’s flavor.

Add some protein – Italian salads often include some protein, such as grilled tofu.

Add some crunch – Texture is also essential in a great salad.

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Everyday Italian Dressing

Looking for a delicious side dish to complement your pasta or elevate your home-cooked dinner? Look no further than this homemade Italian salad! Fans of Olive Garden’s signature salad will find a lot to love here.
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  • 1 large salad bowl


  • 5 cups mixed leafy greens like arugula spinach, and lettuce
  • 1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced ​​red onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup vegan salami
  • ½ cup black olives
  • ¼ cup pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Italian Vinaigrette Dressing you can use more


  • Combine the green leaves, cherry tomatoes, red onion, croutons, and Parmesan cheese in a spacious salad bowl. Proceed to pour the vinaigrette over the salad, mix it thoroughly, and serve promptly. Savor every bite and enjoy the delicious and nutritious salad.


If you’re looking for a quick and simple meal, this salad is just the ticket. The Italian vinaigrette gives it a zesty and scrumptious taste. To make it more filling and delectable, you can also toss in sliced cucumbers, roasted red peppers, or grilled tofu.


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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