Recipe: Kimberly’s Sweet Italian Salad


I do not have a recipe because I make the salad based on pretty much whatever amounts of ingredients I want to put into it, but I thought I would share a taste of my favorite salad dish to make for my family.

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Ingredients (Serving Size: At least 5 People): 

  • At least 1 Iceberg Lettuce Head (depends on size of family)
  • At least 1/2 pkg. of Oscar Mayer Smoked Ham (lean)
  • Red Onion
  • Large Black Pearl Olives
  • Sargento Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (low-fat if available)
  • Croutons if desired
  • Zia’s Sweet Italian Salad (available in the St. Louis area) / Alternative: Olive Garden’s House Salad Dressing

Clean lettuce head. Shred lettuce into small leaves. Put lettuce in mixing bowl. Cut ham slices into squares; dimensions should be about an inch on each side. Put ham square-slices into bowl with the lettuce. Slice Red Onion into thin slices (amount should vary depending on whether or not you want a strong or weak onion flavor in your salad). Toss Onions into bowl. Drain olives container; dump olives into bowl.

The next set of instructions can go one of three ways:

  1. Sprinkle at least two handfuls of Mozzarella Cheese into the salad. Mix salad well. Pour salad dressing onto salad (pour to your heart’s content). Add croutons.
  2. Sprinkle at least two handfuls of Mozzarella Cheese into the salad. Mix salad well. Place dressing and croutons on table to allow family / friends to put their own dressing and croutons on their individual salads.
  3. Pour salad dressing onto salad; mix well. Place cheese and croutons on the table for family / friends to use at their own discretion.

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