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For the croutons
- 1⁄4 lb day-old French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large pinch salt
For the dressing
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons pepperoncini peppers, minced
- 2 small garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup kalamata olive, pitted and sliced
- 1⁄4 cup pimento-sliced olive, sliced
For the salad
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, cored and chopped
- 1⁄2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed (or bocconcini 1 1/2 cups)
- 1⁄4 lb mortadella, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
- 1⁄4 lb ham, thinly sliced, cut into 1-inch pieces (deli ham - 1 cup)
- 1⁄4 lb genoa salami, thinly sliced, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
- 3 ounces provolone cheese, sliced, cut into 1-inch pieces (2/3 cup)
- To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Toss the bread cubes with the olive oil and salt. spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Toast, tossing occasionally until golden, about 15 minutes.
- To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, pickled peppers, garlic, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the olive oil, kalamata olives and pimento olives.
- To make the salad, toss romaine with the mozzarella or bocconcini, mortadella, ham, salami, provolone and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine well.
- Serve immediately.
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Wow! This isn't a salad, it's a meal! Do delicious! I made exactly as posted, with all romaine and used all the meats and cheeses as posted. As a previous reviewer stated, I will make sure I double this dressing, because I could just eat it with a spoon!!! Salty, but soooo delicious. I had this tonight when the heat index was 115....I'll try and make it home tomorrow at lunch and throw another salad together so I can post a pic. This recipe certainly deserves one. It is delicious! Made for PRMR tag game.
Wow! What a great idea turning one of my fav sandwiches into a nice (somewhat light) salad (not so much bread). Brilliant idea! I made this for me and hubbys lunch yesterday, and it was fabulous. (I will post a picture as soon as I can get in uploaded from hubby's cellphone). I already had homemade croutons on hand, so it made assembly even quicker. I halved the recipe for just the 2 of us. Next time I will double the dressing to keep on hand in a jar in the fridge! I also used a pre-packged bag of mixed salad greens. We both enjoyed it very much. Thank you for posting. (Made for PRMR)