Spicy Italian Salad


This salad doused in spicy dressing is one of a kind. Whip this up and your guests will never stop requesting this dish at any gathering!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • ½ cup canola oil

  • cup tarragon vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (8 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

  • 5 cups romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 carrot, grated

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup black olives

  • ¼ cup pitted green olives

  • ½ cucumber, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium container with a lid, mix canola oil, tarragon vinegar, sugar, thyme, dry mustard, and garlic. Cover, and shake until well blended. Place artichoke hearts in mixture, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours or overnight.

  2. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, red bell pepper, carrot, red onion, black olives, green olives, cucumber, and Romano cheese. Season with pepper. Pour in artichoke and marinade mixture; toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
21g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 44mg 222%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 258mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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