This salad is so good that even non-salad eaters love it. Well, to be honest, this salad is actually a copycat recipe for a House Salad at a local Italian restaurant. Served chilled and with iceberg lettuce, this salad is brought out family style in a large bowl so everyone can help themselves. Unfortunately, there is never any left for second servings! (Click here to jump to the recipe.)
A key to this salad’s success is that it is served very cold and crisp, which is one of the things that makes it so good. It is made with iceberg lettuce, which seems old school in a kale and mixed greens salad world. But trust me, iceberg is the perfect lettuce for this salad. I tried recreating it with leaf lettuce and it was just not the same in texture or taste.
It is served with candied pecan pieces, dried cranberries, tiny pieces of feta cheese, and mozzarella cheese. But the one thing that pulls it all together is the creamy sweet dressing. I’ve been to many Italian restaurants with a sweet dressing, but what sets this salad apart is the combination of this recipe’s ingredients and that chilly bowl from which it is served.
It is simple to make even though you make the salad dressing and candy the pecans from scratch. Actually, you might be surprised just how easy it is to easy to sweeten and toast the pecans for this recipe.