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Best Easy Italian Green Salad

This Best Easy Italian Green Salad is my go-to when I crave an easy, nutritious side that complements just about any pasta dish or is great on its own as a light meal. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 6 cups lettuce
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperonis OR regular pepperonis, quartered
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cubed, or cheese sticks chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup garlic croutons
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons salted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

italian dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper or to taste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until blended. Set aside until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl toss together lettuce, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds.
  • Just before serving, give the dressing a good shake, then pour over salad and toss. Serve immediately.