My dad “invented” this really delicious, easy, and inexpensive antipasto salad that knocks my family’s socks off. Traditionally, antipasto salads include some pretty niche ingredients, such as anchovies and pepperoncinis, but it doesn’t have to be that hard or require an extra trek to the grocery store after a long day. The best thing about this salad is that it includes mostly things a lot of people already have at home, especially if you’re eating-at-work-lunchers like us. This salad will serve as a side dish for 8-10 or a meal for 3-4.
- 1 large package of mixed salad greens (I like the kind from Whole Foods that includes all those healthy greens that you’d normally shy away from, but taste great in a flavorful salad)
- 1/2 c. of chopped pistachios
- 6 slices of salami, cut into thin long pieces
- 6 slices of provolone cheese, cut into thin long pieces
- 10 baby carrots or 2 regular carrots, diced into discs
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 red pepper, sliced into thin long pieces
- Italian dressing (you can toss it with your desired amount, or allow your guests to dress their own salad to their liking)
Have at it, it’s delish! If you don’t dress your salad on its initial serving, this is also a great mix to throw in a to-go container and take for lunch the next day (the dressing can make it soggy as leftovers)…with the veggies, meat, and cheeses it won’t leave you feeling hungry on those long office afternoons.