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Mediterranean Romaine Salad

 Mediterranean Romaine Salad
—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup roasted sweet red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Place cubed bread on an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Combine oil and garlic; drizzle over bread and toss to coat. Bake at
  • 400° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once. Set
  • aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the artichokes, red peppers, cucumber,
  • celery, olives and onion; add vinaigrette and toss to coat. Just
  • before serving, place romaine in another bowl. Add artichoke mixture
  • and croutons; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pepper; top with cheese if
  • desired. Yield: 6 servings.