Marinated Italian Salad Recipe
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Marinated Italian Salad Recipe

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This is a perfect salad for potlucks and other occasions year-round. In winter, the ingredients are available when many other vegetables aren’t in season…and in summer, it’s a worry-free picnic food since it doesn’t have a mayonnaise-based dressing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Italian salad dressing
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 189 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 927mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large serving bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, celery, onions and water chestnuts. In a small bowl, whisk salad dressing and dressing mix; drizzle over vegetables and toss to coat.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, add tomatoes and olives; toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Marinated Italian Salad in Country Extra January 2007, p51

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Mamaruthie 169001
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"I made this several years ago for a school potluck. Loved it. The only thing I am doing this time when I make it is leave out the water chestnuts. I love them but not in this. I also used fat free Italian dressing. I did not blanch the cauliflower and broccoli. I think it might get kind of mushy if you did. I cut mine up a little bit finer than what they showed in the picture. I don't get to make this very often as I'm the only one at my house that will eat it so I have to wait till I'm going somewhere."

sauceen 76316
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"ChristyLynn,just was my thinking also,but should th caul. and brocc. be blanched 1st to make for more tender eating??definetly a Christmas take to the dinner dish,add a red pepper cut up and there you go......Merry Christmas to all,and for you who celebrate other, Merry other!!!"

MargeAZ 149540
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"I would cut the fat by using low-fat or fat free salad dressing. That would make this a healthier dish."

ChristyLynn 164023
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"You can kick it up a notch by using zesty italian salad dressing."

Carollizc 95070
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"Iam certainly going to make this for Christmas dinner - the colours are seasonal, and it's so easy - I like things that can be prepared ahead of time at such a stressful time."

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