"It's easy to put dinner together on a busy night when you prepare this salad with its delicious pizza flavor," says Sandra Castillo of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. "I often cut a block of mozzarella into cubes rather than using shredded cheese," she notes.
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 prebaked Italian bread shell crust (14 ounces), cubed
- 1-1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
- 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing, divided
- 7 cups ready-to-serve salad greens
- 1 small green pepper, julienned
- 1 cup sliced pepperoni
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives
- In a large salad bowl, combine bread cubes, tomatoes, basil and 1/4 cup salad dressing; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the salad greens, green pepper, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and olives. Add remaining salad dressing and toss to coat. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Italian Bread Salad in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p11