Italian Salad with Parmesan Herb Dressing

This abundant Italian salad is the perfect compliment to any meal! It is filled with roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, and drizzled with a simple parmesan herb dressing.

wooden bowl with greens and chopped vegetables in it with grey napkin and small condiment bowls surrounding it.

Serving up this very large and very delicious Italian salad today! And it’s filled with a lot of my favorite things – roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, and crispy homemade croutons!

This salad has about 6 different veggies in it and it’s paired with a very simple Italian-style dressing – with a touch of parmesan cheese! The parm is a great addition because it adds a nutty, salty flavor that you can’t get with many dressing ingredients. And I pretty much top every Italian dish with parmesan so it’s already a given, right?!

You’ll also find this salad to be incredibly versatile! You can switch it up with different vegetables and customize it to whatever you have on hand.

Salad Ingredients

You’ll need a handful of vegetables for this Italian bowl of greens. Here’s the full list:

Mixed greens: I used organic butter lettuce.
Roasted red peppers: I used fire roasted peppers from a jar or you can find them at the antipasta bar section at your grocery store.
Cherry tomatoes: I used a variety of cherry tomatoes for a sweet taste.
Marinated artichoke hearts: these are a must for me. Drain the oil and serve whole or chopped up!
Cucumbers: I recommend English cucumbers for the best flavor!
Croutons: I used leftover bread and pan-fried in oil to create a simple crouton. You can use your favorite store-bought crouton!
Red onion: sweet red onion adds the perfect zing to the salad.
Fresh herbs: I love topping any salad like this with fresh herbs such as basil or oregano (or both!).

Ingredients for Italian salad arranged on white background.

The Italian Parmesan Dressing

To pair with this salad, I whipped up a really simple herb dressing with freshly grated parmesan cheese!

This Italian dressing requires ingredients like: olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried basil, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. It’s very simple but wonderful when paired with the chopped vegetables!

You can also use your favorite store-bought Italian or greek dressing for this salad too.

hand holding spoon in small wooden bowl of salad dressing on white background with block of parmesan cheese next to it.

Tips For Success & Recipe Variations

My Quick Homemade Crouton Hack: make the easiest croutons by utilizing leftover french bread, sourdough, or in this salad’s case – leftover focaccia.

How to: Dice up the bread into bite sized pieces, then simply sauté it in a pan with a touch of oil until “crispy” and warm. The heat and oil will revive your hard, leftover bread into the perfect crispy addition to your salad! Add a pinch of garlic powder and salt for flavor. Easy peasy!

Add extra vegetables: you can also use veggies like black olives, banana peppers, chickpeas, raw bell peppers, and avocado.

Greens to use: As the base, I love using butter lettuce, chopped romaine, spinach, or assorted mixed greens.

Add protein: you can pair this salad with your favorite protein such as grilled chicken, salmon, steak, or garbanzo beans for vegetarian friendly protein.

Make it dairy-free: You can completely take out the parmesan cheese and swap for a little nutritional yeast instead to give that nutty bite.

close up of chopped vegetables in Italian salad.

Italian Meals to Pair it With

Want to pair your beautiful salad with the perfect meal? We love serving this alongside this lemon chicken piccata, vegetable lasagna, or with a cozy soup like pasta e fagioli!

wooden bowl with italian salad and greens in it with wooden spoons and gray napkin next to it.

More Salads to Try:

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Italian Salad with Parmesan Herb Dressing

5 from 1 vote

This abundant Italian salad is the perfect compliment to any meal! It is filled with roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, and drizzled with a simple parmesan herb dressing.

Servings 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Tags: Italian chopped salad, Italian dressing, Italian salad
Freezer Friendly: No
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer

Ingredients

Parmesan Herb Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables: First, chop up vegetables.

  2. Whisk dressing: Add all of dressing ingredients into a liquid measuring cup. Then whisk together and add generous pinch of both salt and black pepper until taste is just right.

  3. Toss salad: arrange greens and top with all of chopped vegetables, chopped basil, and croutons. Drizzle dressing over top and toss salad. Serve with additional fresh parmesan and enjoy!

Notes

My Quick Homemade Crouton Hack: make the easiest croutons by utilizing leftover french bread, sourdough, or in this salad’s case – leftover focaccia.

How to: Dice up the bread into bite sized pieces, then simply sauté it in a pan with a touch of oil until “crispy” and warm. The heat and oil will revive your hard, leftover bread into the perfect crispy addition to your salad! Add a pinch of garlic powder and salt for flavor. Easy peasy!

Nutrition Facts
Italian Salad with Parmesan Herb Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 188
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.9g32%
Cholesterol 3.4mg1%
Sodium 151.5mg6%
Carbohydrates 12.4g4%
Fiber 5.6g22%
Sugar 4.4g5%
Protein 5.7g11%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Vitamin C 74mg90%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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  • Avatar for Sophie Sophie says:

    5 stars
    I just made this and it’s so good! I left out the cucumbers and sautéed some red pepper instead of using the roasted red pepper. I’ll definitely make this again, thanks for the amazing recipe!