Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Layered Pizza Shop Salad

We're all familiar with that salad that plays second fiddle to your extra-large, cheesy pizza--this vertical version takes center stage. Try pepperoni instead of salami or fresh mozzarella instead of provolone. Your pizza will be jealous.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 head romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped

4 ounces salami, cut into bite-size pieces

4 ounces provolone, cut into bite-size pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces

2 cups plain croutons

1 English cucumber, cut into bite-size pieces

1/4 cup drained sliced pepperoncini

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 


Special equipment:
a straight-sided 3-quart tall glass bowl or four 16-ounce wide-mouth glass jars with lids
  1. Using a 3-quart tall glass bowl for 1 large salad or four 16-ounce wide-mouth glass jars for 4 individual salads, make the first layer with half the lettuce. Follow with layers of the olives, salami, provolone, the remaining lettuce, then the bell peppers. Finish with the croutons and cucumber, and sprinkle the top with pepperoncini. (The salad can be put together, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours before serving.) 
  2. If making 1 salad, just before serving, transfer it to a large bowl and toss with the vinegar, oil, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. If making 4, whisk the vinegar, oil, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl; add dressing to each jar, cover with the lid and shake to coat.

Cook’s Note

To achieve pretty, defined layers, be sure to layer more on the sides. It's OK if there isn't enough of an ingredient to fill the middle.

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