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Italian Veggie Salad Recipe

Italian Veggie Salad Recipe

I created this salad when I needed a crowd-pleaser for an event at a community charity drive and it was a huge success. I have been asked repeatedly for the recipe and asked to please make this at least six events this year. This salad keeps very well if you keep it refrigerated.—
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh baby carrots, quartered lengthwise
  • 1-3/4 cups thinly sliced radishes
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 small head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 6 large fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 package Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 package (9 ounces) hearts of romaine salad mix
  • Pepperoncini, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing mix, water, vinegar and oil. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • 2. Just before serving, place romaine in a large serving bowl. Add vegetables; toss to coat. Top with pepperoncini if desired. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for pepperoncinis (pickled peppers) in the pickle and olive section of your grocery store.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 75 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.