Antipasto Salad with Pepperoncini Vinaigrette

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Greg and I have been into eating salads for dinner lately, and I think it's partially due to this one that I made two weeks ago. Entree salads are delicious! And they require so little effort that they practically make themselves.

This recipe drew me in like a moth to a flame. I'm sure I've shared my love of pickled, spicy, and spicy-pickled things with you before. What is not positively tantalizing about the sound of spicy, vinager-y salad dressing over cheese, beans, and vegetables? Hell, I'd just take the vinaigrette.

To get even more antipasto-y (and more entree salad-y), you could chop up some salami or pepperoni and sliced olives and toss them in there. My god. How good would that be?

Antipasto Salad with Pepperoncini Vinaigrette (from Vegetarian Times)
For the Dressing:
-1/4 cup olive oil
-3 pepperoncini peppers, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
-3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar


For the Salad:
-8 cups mixed greens or romaine (about 7 ounces)
-1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
-1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
-1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

-3 ounces (or more) smoked provolone, cubed

1. Heat oil in small skillet over medium-low heat. Add pepperoncini and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in oregano, and transfer mixture to bowl. Cool. Whisk in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

2. Toss mesclun and onion in large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Divide greens among bowls. Sprinkle tomatoes, chickpeas and cheese over salads, and serve.

-Serves 6 generously as a side, or 4 for a big entree salad

On a side note, The Mister and I will soon be heading out for a much anticipated trip to Spain! I am looking forward to eating and boozing my way across the country. Churros y chocolate come before culture. Museums? Pfft. Give me some Gambas al Ajillo, Paella y Sangria! Stay tuned...I'm sure there will be many cuisine-related photos to come.

7 comments:

Mary@One Perfect Bite said...

Heather, this salad looks wonderful. I love the color and texture and can imagine just how good this is to eat. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Tiffany said...

This dressing has my name written all over it!

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

What a lovely healthy salad. Just what I need after the past two days of overindulgence! Looking at your photo makes me crave for salad :)

A Busy Nest said...

This looks great and the kind of recipe I have been craving lately!

Lori said...

That sounds like a delicious idea.Since I love pepperoncini, I completely love this idea.

rowda said...

I THINK THIS IS A GREAT RECIPE!!!
IT WAS GREAT FOR MY ASSIOGNMENT SOO FAR LOL

rowda said...

how much do u think this whol recipe will cost al together and why?????
thanx u heapsssssss

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