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Easy Italian Salad and Homemade Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal. #oncor #ad #saladrecipe

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February. I feel like this is the home stretch of winter. It’s been a snowy year, with quite a few days of no school. Which equates to MORE homework for the kids.

More homework means crazy evening schedules. I don’t know about you, but sometimes we need to give ourselves a break in the kitchen. 

We prefer to not eat out during the week, but I’m ALL FOR a little help IN the kitchen. And by help, I mean shortcuts.

And by shortcuts, I mean On-Cor entrées! I love keeping a stack of our favorites in the freezer, so when I need “help” I can pull one out and stick it in the oven for a delicious, home cooked meal.

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

You may remember a few months ago when I used the On-Cor Chicken Parmesan Patties to create a semi-homemade cheese garlic bread! We’ve had that dinner several times since then, it’s becoming a favorite in our regular rotation!

Today, we went simple. Classic comfort food. On-Cor Lasagna. Freshly made pasta layered with real mozzarella cheese and a meaty tomato sauce.

While our lasagna with meat sauce was cooking, I whipped up a fresh Italian Salad with homemade Italian Dressing. It was the perfect pairing that rounded out our dinner!

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

How to make a BIG Italian Salad

While your lasagna is in the oven (it takes about 45-50 minutes), whip up your salad.

For today’s classic Italian salad recipe I used one bag of salad mix. Mine included iceburg lettuce, purple cabbage, and shredded carrots. You’ll need about 6 cups total, so if you prefer to chop your own, feel free to do so!

I also sliced some red onion (about 1/4 of a medium onion) and two Roma tomatoes, sliced.

Add in some mild pepperoncini and black olives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, top with croutons and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Add homemade Italian dressing (recipe below)!

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

How to make Homemade Italian Dressing

In a large mason jar, add olive oil, white vinegar, mayonnaise, grated parmesan cheese, lemon juice, sugar, garlic powder, garlic salt, kosher salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Shake until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to use. Serve over salad and enjoy!

What to serve with Lasagna

In addition to today’s Italian Salad recipe, here are some more delicious side dish ideas!

Homemade Applesauce is easy to make and goes great with tonight’s meal!

Quick and easy, that’s what these Puff Pastry Bread Sticks are to make. Add any seasoning (like garlic salt) for a delicious side to your On-Cor Lasagna.

Healthy and light, this fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad is a delicious side dish packed with fresh flavor!

A classic, easy 7 layer Salad recipe served in a trifle bowl. So many options for the seven layers, you choose what you love. Perfect for potlucks!

Under 30 minutes for this easy, flavorful Instant Pot Ziti Recipe. Packed with flavor and CHEESE, you’ll love this delicious weeknight dinner in the pressure cooker!

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

For YOUR next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Meijer or check out the store locator on their website to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées at a store near you! Find more dinner inspiration by following On-Cor on facebook!

Life is busy and demanding, so serving dinner shouldn’t be. On-Cor does most of the prep work so you can take care of helping with homework, haha. The Italian Salad and Dressing only takes minutes to prep, leaving you plenty of time to do a load of laundry or put up your feet and relax.

On-Cor entrées have no MSG added!

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This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

What to serve with this delicious Italian Salad recipe:

Yield: 6 servings

Italian Salad and Homemade Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This Italian Salad is loaded with fresh flavor and the homemade Italian Dressing is zesty and flavorful! The perfect pairing to your weeknight meal.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 6 cups salad mix (including iceburg lettuce, purple cabbage, and shredded carrots)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 8 mild pepperoncinis
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine salad mix, red onion, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, and black olives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In a large mason jar, add dressing ingredients. Shake until blended.
  3. To serve, top salad with croutons, parmesan cheese, and Italian dressing. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 2181mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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Posted on February 21, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. Yummy!!! We had this salad with your Beef Enchilada Mac and Cheese tonight. Super tasty! To be followed by the Eclair cake from Shugary Sweets, too! Thanks for dinner, Aimee!

  2. I recently figured out I am allergic to lemons. As much as I love the flavor, it triggers migraines. Is there any substitutions for the lemon? Or can it be omitted without changing the flavor?

  3. I often make homemade Italian dressing but I never thought of putting mayo in it. I bet my husband would like that better because he loves mayonaise! I’ll try it. Thanks for the recipe! I never tried that lasagna either and I think I will give it a whirl.

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