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There’s something so delicious about a fresh crisp Italian Tossed Green Salad. A few simple ingredients tossed with a nice herby vinaigrette is the perfect start to an Italian themed dinner.

Do you grow your own herbs? Cooking is such a joy when you can walk to your back patio or apartment balcony or front porch or massive envy-of-the-neighborhood raised bed garden and pluck fresh tender herb leaves and stems from plants that you’ve nurtured yourself. Fresh herbs will change your cooking life! I promise!!

Basil is a relatively easy plant to grow. It needs two three things to thrive. Dirt, water, and sun. If you can give it a bed of good dirt, promise to water it pretty much daily and put it in a sunny spot – you’re almost guaranteed to have a happy basil plant. One that will continue to produce all summer long if you harvest regularly. Here’s a handy reference guide I wrote in an article about Growing, Harvesting, Using, Storing, Freezing and Drying Fresh Herbs.

This Basil & Herb Vinaigrette is everything! Truly the epitome of fresh, bright, flavor!

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All my best,
xo Libby

Italian Tossed Green Salad {with Basil & Herb Vinaigrette}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
There's something so delicious about a fresh crisp Italian Tossed Green Salad. A few simple ingredients tossed with a nice herby vinaigrette is the perfect start to an Italian themed dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 3 hearts of romaine chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cucumber sliced or diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can ripe black olives
  • 1/2 cup ricotta salata cheese (or feta) crumbled
  • 1 bag favorite croutons

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves only
  • 1/3 cup fresh oregano and/or parsley and/or cilantro leaves only
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot rough chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

For the Salad

  • Combine ingredients in a large salad bowl. Serve with Basil & Herb Vinaigrette.

For the Vinaigrette

  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to a week.