Quick Italian Salad (Olive Garden Style)

Try this Italian salad recipe when you want something quick, tasty and light for lunch/dinner. A crusty rosemary bread or garlic and herb croutons work nicely for this classic Italian salad, which is similar to the salad served at Olive Garden.

Ingredients:
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber cut in quarters
Olives (black or green..or a combination)
Carrots cut lengthwise
Red onion cut lengthwise
Banana peppers
Lettuce of your choice (romaine, lettuce, or mixed greens)
Salt
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder with parsley (or mince fresh garlic and add some fresh parsley)
Fresh ground black pepper
Olive oil

Topping options:
Shredded cheese (Italian, mozzarella, or Parmesan)
Banana peppers
Croutons

Preparation:
Place the first 5 veggies in the bowl
Add the lettuce and peppers
Add salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper
Drizzle on the olive oil
Mix well with 2 large forks
Add the toppings you love (shredded cheese, more peppers, and/or croutons)

Enjoy!

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