Our Family’s Favorite 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

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.  

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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, store-bought or homemade
  • 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.

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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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148 comments on “Our Family’s Favorite Salad”

  1. I took this salad to a Block Party last night and it was a big hit. I am not personally a big fan of artichoke heart or roasted red peppers, however, I loved this salad. It’s one of my favorites from now on!!

    Rating: 5
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  4. Can this dressing be refrigerated for a while? I’d love to make this but I can’t eat that much salad and prefer to put dressing on instead of tossing it.

  5. What brand of roasted red peppers do you like to use? I don’t think I’ve bought any before.. where are these in the grocery store?

    • I’ve bought several brands, most recently Merzetta, all were good. They are somewhere in the vicinity of pasta and jarred pasta sauces.

  6. This salad is fantastic! I added strips of grilled steak and made it a full meal. I will be printing a copy and adding it to my recipe box, just in case I lose the link!

    Rating: 5
  7. Looks delish..‼️Will make it soon.. tks for sharing it

  8. My family calls this salad “Rich and Charlie’s….from an Italian place we frequented in St. Louis in the mid 70s. Delish

  9. Any salad with artichoke hearts in it is a winner! I will definitely try this one. Have you tried slicing Hearts of Palm? Another favorite salad ingredient of mine!

  10. This salad is AMAZING- Ten times better than Olive Garden

  11. THIS is my new favorite salad!

    Rating: 5
  12. Left out the pine nuts at $25 a lb (work potluck- don’t like my coworkers that much!)and the Parmesan in the dressing (dairy and gluten free for coworker) and added fresh red peppers. Yummy, everyone loved it – no leftovers. I will make it again!

    Rating: 5
  13. Yum! Added black olives for the fun of it, but excellent either way! Thanks

    Rating: 5
  14. I have made this salad numerous times for company and it always receives rave reviews. It is so simple and yet the flavors meld perfectly. The only change I make is not to add the cheese to the dressing and instead sprinkle it on the salad instead. I use this dressing as my “go to” salad dressing for all my salads.

    Rating: 5