Green Salad Recipe with DIY Zesty Italian Dressing

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Try This Delicious Green Salad and Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe!

Looking for a satisfying, flavorful green salad recipe? Look no further! This Italian green salad is packed with flavor and the homemade zesty Italian dressing recipe complements it perfectly.

This would be a great recipe to bring to a summer BBQ! It’s refreshing, tasty, and so colorful! It’s also easy enough to make for a normal everyday family dinner.


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How I Discovered this Recipe

Recently, I received an invite to a dinner party and it took me a while to make arrangements to be there. By the time I could RSVP, someone had already called bringing a dessert. (Their dessert was fantastic, by the way.)

Because dessert was already handled, I was asked to bring a green salad with a vinaigrette-style dressing. I don’t know about you, but I get a lot more excited about making a decadent dessert than a green salad.

Anyways, making the best of it, I started searching for a green salad recipe that would hopefully be as impressive and enjoyable as a green salad can be. When I came upon this recipe, I knew it was the one.

This is a great recipe because it pairs well with basically anything (pasta and garlic bread was being served at the party I was going to). Plus, it’s simple and easy to make, but still tastes better than any other green salad I’ve had!

Italian green salad recipe ingredients

Green Salad Recipe Ingredients

(Note that the salad image above is the recipe ingredients doubled.)

This green salad is bursting with flavor thanks to the artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and zesty Italian dressing. The freshly grated parmesan on top adds a nice finishing touch as well.

zesty italian dressing recipe

Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

I love the homemade copycat zesty Italian dressing recipe on this green salad. Way better than a mix from a packet! Great flavor, easy to make, and delicious on lots of different green salads.

I hope you find a chance to try out this green salad recipe and Italian dressing soon! It is sure to be a hit! I even like it and I’m not a big green salad person in general. 😉

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easy green salad recipe with homemade zesty italian dressing recipe

Green Salad Recipe with DIY Zesty Italian Dressing

This green salad recipe is easy and delicious - above and beyond any ordinary green salad! Love the homemade zesty Italian dressing too!
4.34 / 5 ( 3 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


  • 1 head red leaf lettuce chopped
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce chopped
  • half small red onion peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 cans (14-ounce cans) quartered artichoke hearts drained and roughly chopped
  • 12 ounce jar roasted red peppers drained and diced
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • optional garnish: freshly-grated Parmesan

Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients and toss to combine.
  • For the dressing, whisk all ingredients together until combined. Pour over salad and toss to coat, or serve along side the salad.
  • Serve immediately because the salad doesn't take long to get soggy! Garnish with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 1395mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

Recipe Source: Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients: Artichoke, Bell Pepper, Cheese, Garlic, Italian Seasoning, Kosher Salt, Lettuce, Olive Oil, Onion, Parmesan, Pepper, Pine Nuts, Red Wine Vinegar, Roasted Red Pepper
Meal Type: Salads, Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, Side Dish, Christmas, Easter, Fall, Spring, Summer, Thanksgiving, Clean Eating, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: BBQ, Copycat, Healthy, Vegetables, No Bake

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