Italian vegetable salad

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I love pasta as much as the next person, and maybe even more than the average person, but sometimes I want an all veggie salad. This is where the ideas for my Italian Vegetable Salad was born. I wanted those Italian flavors, but wanted to keep it light! Plus. my track record recently has been leaning pretty heavy to the not so healthy side!

Veggies

The veggies you use will be a personal preference. If you like everything I put in mine, great. Want to add extras? You really should. So, I used cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms and avocados. I also used a fresh mozzarella, which made everything feel right in the world.

As a side note, I used about 7 cups of veggies for my salad and 1 cup fresh mozzerella.

I like to seed my cucumbers, but this certainly isn’t a necessity. You do this by cutting the cucumber in half lengthwise. Scrape a spoon down the center where all the seeds are, as shown in the photo below.

woman seeding an english cucumber with spoon

Once the seeds are removed, simply cut into semi circles.

woman cutting seeded cucumbers with a chef's knife preparing for the italian vegetable salad

All of these veggies are optional. Add in whatever suits you, or copy my recipe exactly.

woman cutting red tomatoes on a wood cutting board with chef's knife

I love artichokes too, but I promise you I will not be preparing these from scratch for a salad. Also, I am always looking for a deal, so Great Value is a must for me!

woman pulling a artichoke from can for a Italian Vegetable salad

Dressing for the Italian Vegetable salad

Once all your veggies are cut and prepped, start your dressing. You can easily buy a Greek Salad dressing to save time. I prefer to make my own though and included the recipe below for a lemon oregano.

One way to get a really good, intense flavor is to use lemon zest. I use a microplane to get mine, and have loved it for a really long time.

woman zesting a lemon with microplane

I love a higher quality olive oil, but sometimes a cheaper one is more budget friendly. I got this jug from Costco and it is perfect.

woman pouring olive oil into small white bowl on counter top

For a sweetener you can use honey, like I did. Or you can even use sugar or maple syrup. It is entirely up to your personal preference.

woman pouring honey into small white bowl on counter top

I like to use fresh oregano, but didn’t have any on hand. Dried will do!

woman pouring dry oregano into small white bowl

Putting the Italian Vegetable Salad together

Now, I always salt and pepper my salad too. This is personal preference. If you prefer not to, no problem!

Italian Vegetable Salad on marble counter top with vegetables on the side.

Next drizzle with your preferred dressing. I usually like it pretty light, but went a little heavier for photos.

woman pouring lemon oregano dressing on italian vegetable salad.

The finished product

Here is the finished salad. Isn’t it beautiful!

Let me just say though, while you want a little marinade time, you don’t want to make this salad too far in advance. The veggies will start to get pretty soggy, and no one wants that!

italian vegetable salad in ceramic bowl

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Lemon oregano vinaigrette

This yummy, creamy dressing is great for any Greek salad you are putting together.
Course condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade vinaigrette, lemon oregano, lemon vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients to a mason jar or small bowl. Mix or shake well. Serve immediately or store in fridge for 3-5 days.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Brooke | 22nd Jul 20

    5 stars
    Amy, this looks so good and fresh! I agree about the Costco olive oil. As much as I use it this Kirkland brand is cost effective and delicious. I save the good stuff for meals and garnish. Almost like wine and cooking! LOL

    • admin | 27th Jul 20

      Yes, exactly Brooke!! I am the same way. I would love to use all the great oils in my cooking and baking, but that would be really expensive!!

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