This Loaded Italian Salad boasts an array of fresh vegetables, 3 types of cheese, and a homemade white balsamic vinaigrette….all on a bed of mixed greens. Light, fresh, and oh so satisfying!
Have you ever noticed something in your kids that makes you stop….and wonder….and feel like you maybe need to say a little prayer for them? Yeah….we’ve been saying a lot of little prayers lately…..
It all started about two weeks ago during a family movie night. It’s tradition, of course, that on movie night we order pizza – something that typically makes everybody happy. But on this particular night, as Greta reached for her first piece of pizza, she stopped and said, “Wait…..is pizza healthy?” Sheesh. Well….it just so happened that the type of pizza we had ordered wasn’t exactly the *healthiest* type around….and instead of just shushing her and moving along with our night, we opened up a conversation. THAT was our first mistake.
Because she ended up NOT having pizza that night….and just having the salad I had made to go on the side. Now, I know that salad is good for kids….and at the end of the day, I’d rather have her eat salad than take-out pizza any day! But. The point is she’s 6…..and what 6 year old refuses to eat pizza!? Especially on family movie night!!
Ever since that night, we’ve been having a lot of discussions. About healthy and not healthy and junk food and cavities…..and we’ve been eating LOTS and lots of salads. Which isn’t really anything out of the ordinary (I’m a salad fanatic), except for the fact that I’m now sharing all my salads with the girls. Which, when I say it out loud, is actually AWESOME!!!
We love our salads loaded….with tons of veggies and cheese and extras. And we love them on a bed of extra-healthy, super-satisfying greens! They’re light and leafy and the perfect base for a fresh summer salad….which we’ll clearly be eating a lot of….thanks to Greta!
- 5 ounces mixed greens
- 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
- 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper
- 1/2 cup halved kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/3 cup light olive oil
- 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon minced red onion
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Combine dressing ingredients, mix well, and pour desired amount over salad.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g