Our Family’s Favorite Salad

January 1, 2012 by Ali

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

After a month of tons of amazing giveaways, I’m so excited to get back to sharing some great favorite with you! And this first recipe definitely falls in that category.

For lack of a better name, this is pretty much my family’s favorite salad. (And coming from a family of cooks who are far more talented than me, that means a lot!) I absolutely love it.

What’s more, it’s one of those family recipes that immediately brings back fun memories — from my aunt serving it to our extended family every Christmas Eve, to my mom making it upon special request for my band in college whenever we’d swing through town, to now, great times shared whenever I make the salad for my friends. It is definitely my version of comfort food. And since it seems like everyone is currently in healthy-eating-resolution-season, there’s an added bonus that this comfort food happens to be a fresh salad!!

So read on to find out all of the “secret” family ingredients. And cheers to a delicious new year ahead!

Our Family

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-5 servings


    Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 head red-leaf lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 (4 oz.) jar pimientos, drained
  • 2 (14 oz.) jars artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • optional: extra grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 package Kraft Good Seasons "Zesty Italian" dressing mix (**family tradition, but you can see see a homemade alternative below**)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Toss together first five ingredients with the dressing just before serving. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

My mom!

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Ali’s Tip:

If you would like to make a similar seasoning mix “homemade”, here is a great mix:

  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • pinch of celery salt


My mom!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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5 thoughts on “Our Family’s Favorite Salad

  1. I made this salad last night, minus the pine nuts, so delicious! This salad must be a mom thing, she would always make this for me growing up, which was passed down to her from her aunt. We forgot how good it was! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Liz

  2. Ahh, this I need! :)

    - M.J. Jacobsen

  3. This sounds delicious!!! I love anything with artichokes and pine nuts!

    - Sara

  4. Um, yum! I love a good salad and this one sounds delish! I can see why it is a favorite!

    - Autumn@Good Eats Girl

  5. any recipe you post is fantastic. And I really enjoyed the giveways during December, even if I didn’t win anything.

    - Judy Hudgins