Simple Italian Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 15, 2023
Homemade croutons star in this easy Italian salad recipe, filled with grape tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis. I like to serve it with fresh Italian or focaccia bread. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa
Simple Italian Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 slices Italian bread, cubed
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 bunches romaine, torn
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 8 pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. For croutons, spritz bread cubes with butter-flavored spray; place in a bowl. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder; toss to coat evenly.
  2. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine romaine, tomatoes, olives, Parmesan cheese, onion and pepperoncini. Drizzle with salad dressing; toss to coat. Top with croutons.
Look for pepperoncini (pickled peppers) in the pickle and olive section of your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 120 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 943mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.