Italian Salad and Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

I just love big Italian salads loaded with kalamata olives and sweet and hot salad peppers. And yes that is a whole jar of olives in my salad.

This recipe was created for Babble’s Family Kitchen.

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Italian Salad and Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

For the Salad

1 head of romaine, chopped
1 small jar of pitted Kalamata olives
3 roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 cup sweet and hot salad pepper rings
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

For the Dressing

a bunch of fresh basil
a bunch of fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 shallot
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Add basil, parsley, vinegar and shallot to food processor for dressing. Pulse until blended. Then turn on processor and stream in olive oil. Add salt and pepper and set dressing aside.

2. Add all ingredients for salad to a large bowl. Top with dressing.