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Spectacular Dirty Martini Salad

I like to dress up simple greens with a unique olive dressing. Serving the salad in martini glasses and the dressing in a shot glass makes for a fun presentation.—Pamela Clark, Bonaire, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 medium lemon
  • 8 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 8 frilled toothpicks
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 shallot, halved
  • 6 pimiento-stuffed olives plus 1/4 cup juice from the jar, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka or additional white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil


  • Cut lemon in half lengthwise; cut one half into eight thin wedges. Thread olives and lemon wedges onto toothpicks for garnishes; set aside.
  • Using the lemon half, moisten the rims of eight large cocktail glasses. Sprinkle salt on a plate; hold glasses upside down and dip rims into salt. Divide the salad greens, tomatoes, onion and sliced olives among prepared glasses. Top each with a prepared toothpick.
  • In a food processor, combine shallot and olives; cover and process until finely chopped. Add the vinegar, vodka, olive juice and lemon juice; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Divide among eight shot glasses; serve with salads.
To Make Ahead: Prepare salad dressing up to a week in advance; mix well before serving. Prepare cocktail glasses and garnishes before guests arrive; cover and refrigerate garnishes until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 306 calories, 30g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 358mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • randcbruns
    Dec 15, 2015

    No comment left

  • taylorcorey1
    Feb 10, 2015

    Huge hit at my Super Bowl Party!! So very cute. Made it just like the picture!

  • Ceege
    Dec 28, 2014

    @ J. Roberts. It states in recipe to sub an extra 1/4 cup white wine vinegar if you do not wish to use the vodka. Simply use a full 1/2 cup of the vinegar and skip the vodka.I plan on making these for a New Years party we will attend. They look fantastic.

  • J. Roberts
    Dec 26, 2014

    Sounds great, very pretty, but what could I substitute the alcohol with, for those who don't partake?

  • JRLB
    Dec 28, 2012

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  • brendabeans
    Dec 28, 2012

    I think salt and pepper the rim....Course grind that would give it a cool dirty look...cant wait to make this thanks!

  • glennist
    Dec 27, 2012

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  • mimimow31
    Dec 27, 2012

    fun & delicious!

  • Motorhomegal
    Dec 27, 2012

    I agree with you, Kassandra....I think the glass looks lovely.  As for the tequila suggestion, here is a salad dressing using it that is GOOD ENOUGH TO DRINK !  My all-time favorite !  The cilantro cubes are available from Knorr in the Mexican section of your grocery store. Small, square box of probably twenty or thirty for about a dollar. TEQUILA – LIME DRESSING 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons tequila 1/4 cup olive oil ¼ tsp garlic powder 1 cilantro cube ¼ tsp jalapeno flakes Put all in a small blender or Bullet and hit the button !

  • miller.kassandra
    Dec 27, 2012

    I'm sure the salt-rimmed martini glass is just for a special effect - it probably has nothing to do with the glass I think it's an attractive display..... (Not sure tequila would taste good in a dressing)