Our Family’s Favorite Salad

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Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

Last week, I feel like Barclay and I took a very important step forward together in our relationship.

I introduced him to my family…

…’s favorite salad.  ;)

Knowing his obsession already with big green salads (the guy amazingly chooses them more often than I do) and artichokes (hands-down one of his all-time favorite foods), I figured this one wouldn’t be a stretch.  But still.  This salad is a verrrrry important part of our family, showing up at nearly every extended family gathering, always being made in a huge batch so that everyone can return for seconds, and near and dear to every single family member’s heart.  So I needed to know they would get along great.

Sure enough, it was a salad match made in heaven.  

My original photo for this recipe, circa 2012, after our family made it for Christmas. :)

Of course, I knew it would be.  ;)

Everyone loves this salad.

I think that my aunt is actually the one who came up with it years and years ago, and our entire family instantly fell in love with it.  Either she or my mom would make it — and still make it to this day — for every just about every single holiday and occasion that the extended family gathers together.  And anyone else who happens to be around almost always falls in love with it as well.  I remember when my old band was on road trips together back in college, our bass player would request that we swing through Wichita at mealtime just so that he could have mom make this salad for us.

Again, everyone loves this salad.

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

And really, why wouldn’t they?  The ingredients are pretty much a guaranteed slam-dunk.  (And they’re also naturally gluten-free too!)

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

The classic family version calls for one head of red-leaf lettuce and one head of Romaine (or a few Romaine hearts)…

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

…artichoke hearts (one can, or two if you really want more), chopped roasted red peppers (or my mom used to use pimientos), toasted pine nuts (such a treat!), sliced red onions…
Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and this heavenly Parmesan red wine vinaigrette.

Mom and Aunt Donna used to make this with that classic “Zesty Italian Dressing Mix” from Good Seasons, which we all used to love.  But over the years, I’ve nixed the processed seasoning packet in favor of the copycat recipe I’ve included below, which includes 100% pronounceable ingredients and lots of fresh Parmesan.  Mmmm.

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

Toss it all together…

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and give it a good mix…
Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and within minutes, this big bowl of happiness will be yours to share.

So from my family to yours, enjoy.  

Our Family's Favorite Salad

You will love this bright and colorful favorite family salad. This healthy goodness can be prepared in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head red-leaf lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • half of a small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 2 (14 ounce) jars quartered artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 batch zesty red wine vinaigrette
  • optional garnish: extra freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

Zesty Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

To Make The Salad:

Add all ingredients together in a large bowl, and toss until evenly combined.  Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.  (Or add them together in a mason jar, and shake until combined.)  Use immediately.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Our Family's Favorite Salad is made with lots of artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts, and a zesty Parmesan vinaigrette. SO delicious, and always a crowd pleaser! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Sara — January 2, 2012 @ 6:27 pm (#)

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

  2. M.J. Jacobsen — January 3, 2012 @ 12:03 am (#)

    Ahh, this I need! :)

  3. Liz — January 3, 2012 @ 7:08 am (#)

    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!

  4. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] — May 11, 2016 @ 6:58 am (#)

    This sounds so fabulous! Those artichokes and those pine nuts…best salad EVER.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

      Thanks Alexa — we hope you enjoy this as much as we do! :)

  5. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands — May 11, 2016 @ 7:13 am (#)

    I can imagine why it has become a family favorite! Love artichokes…I find it hard to find the perfect salad combination with that, though. So I’m glad you found a recipe that works! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

      Thanks Fernando — we hope you can give this a try sometime!

  6. Ali's Mom — May 11, 2016 @ 7:53 am (#)

    …and guess what’s already on menu for next weekend?!

  7. Mariana — May 11, 2016 @ 9:15 am (#)

    Hi! I’m from Portugal and your blog “travels” all the way here every day. It’s such an inspiration! Wonderful recipes and photos :) Congratulations and I hope you keep doing this for a long time. Wish you all the best!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words Mariana — we’re so happy you’re here! :)

  8. Kelly — May 11, 2016 @ 9:24 am (#)

    This looks soooooooo good. All of my favorite ingredients! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:37 pm

      Thanks Kelly — we hope you love it!

  9. Libby — May 11, 2016 @ 11:50 am (#)

    this! sounds! delicious!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

      Thanks Libby — we hope you enjoy it!

  10. Katrina — May 11, 2016 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    Your family definitely does salads right! This looks GREAT!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

      Thanks Katrina — we hope you enjoy!

  11. Ryan — May 11, 2016 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    This looks so tasty, I want to try this recipe out. Thanks for the share! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      Thanks Ryan — we hope you enjoy!

  12. Nancy Brown — May 11, 2016 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    Had been craving a new salad recipe–so just made it for dinner this evening. It is delicious.

  13. Gabi Petersen — May 12, 2016 @ 8:46 am (#)

    Lovely Salad! The red-leaf lettuce is lovely. I guess there isn’t much difference between the two (the green one) but still.. maybe the colour has something to do with it :) I would try this and maybe adding some sweet corn would have an effect. Cheers.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

      Thanks Gabi — we hope you enjoy this! :)

  14. Margaret Ann @ MAK and Her Cheese — May 12, 2016 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    This salad looks wonderful! I love how simple it is, and I bet it would pair beautifully with just about any meal, especially with a gathering!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      Thank you Margaret — we hope you enjoy!

  15. donna c — May 12, 2016 @ 2:49 pm (#)

    Looks yummy! I’d nix the pine nuts only for the price tho’. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      You’re welcome Donna — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  16. Stella - Stellicious LIfe — May 13, 2016 @ 4:22 am (#)

    I’m curious about this salad as I haven’t eaten much artichoke so far, but that Parmesan dressing is a strong selling point ;-)
    Glad the salad/or Barclay passed muster ;-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

      We hope you can give it a try sometime Stella — it’s soooo yummy! :)

  17. Christina @ The Blissful Balance — May 13, 2016 @ 8:34 am (#)

    This is so similar to my family’s “it” salad!! And pickled artichokes are one of my favorite ingredients, for salad, for pizza, for bowls…so much flavor!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

      Very cool Christina! :)

  18. Kayhy — May 14, 2016 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Loved this recipe.  This will be my go to salad from now on.  Thanks so much for sharing.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Kathy — we’re so happy you loved it! :)

  19. Debi — May 16, 2016 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    You MUST make this salad and the dressing. Thanks for a great salad recipe

  20. Anne — May 21, 2016 @ 11:09 am (#)

    I absolutely love how colorful this salad is!! So lovely ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 22nd, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

      Thank you! We hope you get a chance to try it — it tastes lovely too! :)

  21. Jennifer — May 21, 2016 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    I am not a salad fan.  But I saw this and wanted something healthy and light for dinner.  This was amazing!  I added in some black olives, but forgot the roasted red peppers.  I can’t wait to make it again with them.  This is definitely going to be added into the regular dinner rotation!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 8:08 am

      We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed this Jennifer — thanks for giving it a try! :)

  22. Robyn — June 11, 2016 @ 9:04 am (#)

    Made this last night with company over. It was a big hit. Everyone loved it. My husband got into the leftover at bedtime and finished it off.
    I used toasted almonds instead of pine nuts but that was the only difference. Will definitely make again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

      We’re so glad it was a hit, Robyn — thanks for sharing with us! :)

  23. Tess — June 19, 2016 @ 9:37 am (#)

    Hi Hayley! I can’t wait to make this salad. It has everything I love in it. I do have a question, though: do you use marinated artichoke hearts, or the type that are just packed in water? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 19th, 2016 @ 10:19 pm

      Hi Tess! Thanks for your comment, but this is actually Ali’s blog and recipe (I just help out with comments and such). :) We have used both, but the marinated ones are the tastiest, for sure! :)

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