Green Garden Salad

The secret of any salad is the dressing, and in this dressing the ingredient that makes the difference is red wine vinegar. Mixed with olive oil and Italian seasonings, this dressing enhances any kind of greens with a special flavor.

Yield

8 to 10 servings (1 1/3 cups dressing)

Dressing Ingredients

3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice, optional
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon granulated (white) sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Salad Ingredients

8 to 10 cups torn salad greens
1 red onion, sliced into rings
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 to 3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 green pepper, sliced into rings

Directions

In a jar or bottle with tight-fitting lid, combine all the dressing ingredients; shake well. Chill. Just before serving, combine greens, onion, cucumber and tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad; toss to mix. Top with the green pepper rings.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1 cup): Calories 173, Fat 17 g (Saturated Fat 2 g), Trace Cholesterol, Sodium 80 mg, Carbohydrate 6 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 2 g.

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