Monday, November 11, 2013

Delicious Italian Salad

I HATE store bought salad dressings. They have a weird "wang" to them. So I am always mixing up new creations with vinegars and oils to toss my salad with. When I was home visiting my mom and cooking in her new kitchen we through together this salad with ingredients we had on hand. It has now become my new go-to salad and dressing. All the flavors come together perfectly! I am calling it an Italian Salad but it is sort of a mixture between an Italian and Greek salad. 

My Favorite Homemade Italian Salad and Dressing

For the Salad:
1 cup Butter Lettuce
1 cup spinach/spring mix lettuce
2 Mini sweet bell peppers
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 can artichoke hearts, quartered
1/4 cup feta cheese
You can also add cherry tomatoes and olives
For the Dressing:
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp kosher salt
This is the most important step to making this dressing good. You must grate your garlic clove. The microplane grater is the best!
See it is also like a paste, so it will blend perfectly into the dressing!
Now whisk together the grated garlic, dijion, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano and salt. (I ususally make the dressing in the bottom of my salad bowl.)
Then slowly begin to whisk the olive oil into the mixture.

Now chop your vegetables.
Add the vegetables and feta cheese to the dressing and mix it up so that they will begin to marinate in the dressing. If you are making the salad in advance of the meal you can then place the lettuce on top and put in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Toss your salad right before you are ready to serve.
Enjoy!

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