Rating: 4.67 stars
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a delicious salad that goes great with any meal, especially Italian!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the almonds in the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned. When the almonds are beginning to turn, add sesame seeds, and cook 1 more minute, or until seeds are toasted.

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  • In a large salad bowl, combine lettuce with feta cheese, olives, almonds, sesame seeds, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and Romano cheese. When ready to serve, toss with Italian dressing.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 6.9g; carbohydrates 8.8g; fat 16.4g; cholesterol 19.4mg; sodium 639mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (164)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2004
Delicious. I took this to a potluck and I didn't get enough myself before it was totally gone. I will make this again soon so I can enjoy it. I used a lot of advice from the comments--Paul Newman's balsamic vinaigrette grape tomatoes whole olives sunflower seeds. I packed everything separately for the trip to the party then quickly threw it together. Very pretty and appealing to all! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(62)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2008
I made this salad for company and it was OK. i rinsed the lettuce (to clean it) and as a result it was REALLY soggy. I should have bought a bag of pre-washed lettuce but I was too cheap.... I used grape tomatoes instead of cherry ones and cut the larger ones in half. I used Asagio cheese (picked up the wrong package...) and didn't notice a difference. I just used Romaine lettuce. Toasting the sesame seeds and almonds really makes a difference and is worth the extra effort (but I HATE toasting b/c I always burn!). Try this salad with Newman's basalmic. Ok but not great probably b/c of the sogginess but still won't likely make again. Thanks anyways. Read More
(25)
163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2004
Delicious. I took this to a potluck and I didn't get enough myself before it was totally gone. I will make this again soon so I can enjoy it. I used a lot of advice from the comments--Paul Newman's balsamic vinaigrette grape tomatoes whole olives sunflower seeds. I packed everything separately for the trip to the party then quickly threw it together. Very pretty and appealing to all! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(62)
Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
Great salad. I left the dressing off since everyone at our house likes a different type. Fast easy and very pretty. The red leaf lettuce is a great color booster. I also added cucumbers and chopped ham to make it a meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2003
Really great salad when you want a tossed salad that is different than the norm. The almonds add a nice taste and the romano and feta cheese combo gives so much flavor. I made it for a dinner party and everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2003
This was a very good salad and my husband couldn't get enough of it. I have to say though I found the sesame seeds absolutely horrible. I usually love the taste of sesame but not with Italian flavors. You MUST leave this out!!! The only change I made was to put in whole jumbo olives rather than slices. I'm not sure if I'd use mushrooms again either since they got soggy quickly; maybe cutting them chunkier rather than in slices would help. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2003
Very colorful and delicious salad! I used a garlic italian dressing and left out the sesame seeds (didn't have any at home and just didn't feel like spending 5 for a little shaker just to use a couple of teaspoons worth!) I also used whole grape tomatoes instead of slicing the cherry tomatoes. Will definitely be making this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
Fabulous salad! This is definitely a "Classic" and is perfect for any meal! It's a wonderful blend of vibrant colors and flavors. I made this a little easier on my self and used bagged salad - romaine and spring blends. I added some green olives along with the black and some sliced cucumber. I left out the almonds (personal pref) and added some seasoned croutons for that "crunch". Easy to put together and very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2003
I brought this salad to a dinner party (my contribution to the dinner meal). It was the best part. I decided to double the recipe and there was none left and the end of the evening. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2008
I made this salad for company and it was OK. i rinsed the lettuce (to clean it) and as a result it was REALLY soggy. I should have bought a bag of pre-washed lettuce but I was too cheap.... I used grape tomatoes instead of cherry ones and cut the larger ones in half. I used Asagio cheese (picked up the wrong package...) and didn't notice a difference. I just used Romaine lettuce. Toasting the sesame seeds and almonds really makes a difference and is worth the extra effort (but I HATE toasting b/c I always burn!). Try this salad with Newman's basalmic. Ok but not great probably b/c of the sogginess but still won't likely make again. Thanks anyways. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2003
This salad is excellent-- but the dressing is not. I cut out more than half the oil and added balsamic in its place. The dressing is just oily by itself. Otherwise it's a keeper! Read More
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