Nana's Italian Salad

Nana's Italian Salad

Makes 8 to 10 appetizer portions

  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 2 hearts of romaine, red leaf or other lettuces of your choice, washed and torn in to bite sized pieces
  • Diced cucumber, carrots or other fresh vegetables
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Italian olives, pitted and chopped (optional)
  • Italian croutons (optional)
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Rub garlic halves on the inside of a large, wooden salad bowl, then discard clove. Arrange lettuce, vegetables, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and olives in salad bowl. Cover bowl with a damp paper towel and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, crushed garlic, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper in a salad dressing shaker and shake to emulsify.
  3. Just before serving, remove salad from refrigerator, sprinkle croutons on top and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Toss until dressing is evenly distributed and serve immediately.