There are some incredible Italian salad recipes to choose from, whether you are looking for an appetizer, a side dish or even a full meal. Take a bite of one of these sensational salads, close your eyes and imagine you’re on the sun-kissed Italian coastline, relaxing in beautiful Tuscany or exploring Milan’s vibrant streets. Consider the timeless appeal of caprese, rustic charm of panzanella or another of these seriously good Italian salads!
Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
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Italian Rice Salad
This colourful, flavourful Italian rice salad is perfect for a picnic, potluck, summer BBQ, or as a versatile side dish for a simple lunch or dinner. Reminiscent of a salad you might enjoy in Italy or Greece, every mouthful of this Mediterranean brown rice salad is bursting with fresh ingredients such as tasty salad vegetables. In Italy it is called Insalata di Riso.
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Smoked Italian Pasta Salad
Add some smoky flavour to your favorite pasta salad with this delicious smoked Italian pasta salad recipe. Packed with pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, and a pepperoncini dressing, it’s the perfect dish for your summer BBQ.
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Authentic Italian Giardiniera
Whether served with cured meats or cheese, grilled meats like hot dogs or hamburgers, on a charcuterie board or antipasto platter or in pasta salads, this pickled vegetable dish is always popular. Giardiniera is the perfect accompaniment to any Italian dish.
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Italian Panzanella Salad
Panzanella salad is a refreshing summer side dish that combines juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and chunks of crusty bread, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. It’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of the season.
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Radicchio Endive Chicken Salad
This radicchio endive chicken salad with creamy honey mustard dressing is fresh and filling with enough protein to sustain you and wholesome, nutritious vegetables. It is a great choice if you are looking for a simple radicchio salad to make for dinner.
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Heirloom Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad
This authentic Italian burrata caprese salad is a delicious side dish or appetizer that features heirloom tomatoes and creamy burrata cheese with balsamic vinegar and truffle salt for added flavor. With every bite, you’ll savor the delicious flavors of this simple yet impressive dish.
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Marinated Tomato Basil Salad
This Marinated Tomato Salad is full of fresh flavor and can be used in many ways as a side dish or a topping for chicken, beef, or fish. You’ll be enjoying this simple tomato salad all summer long.
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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
This easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad is a cinch to make and it’s packed with flavor. Using lots of herbs really fills it with seasonal goodness.
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Grilled Tomato Salad With Feta And Basil
This Grilled Tomato Salad with Feta and Basil is bursting with summer flavor. Serve with grilled chicken or fish for a perfect summer dinner
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Warm Kale Salad With Prosciutto And Manchego
Warm Kale Salad with Prosciutto and Manchego is a warm and cozy salad that highlights some seriously delicious flavors from the pears, sharp Manchego cheese, and salty prosciutto.
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Snap Pea And Green Bean Salad With Arugula Pesto
A delicious and easy side, your family and guests will love this snap pea and green bean salad with arugula pesto.
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Marinated Olive and Grape Tomato Salad
Tomato Salad is a quick and easy recipe and perfect for a potluck or holiday get-together. If you are looking for a new method to use your delicious olives in during the holidays, this is one you will not forget.
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Cannellini Bean Salad
This cannellini bean salad is packed with Italian flavors and ready in less than 10 minutes! Learn how to make this authentic recipe as a side or appetizer for your al fresco dinners.
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Italian Tuna Potato Salad
This Italian tuna potato salad is chunky, refreshing, and packed with Mediterranean flavors. It’s easy to make, customizable to personal taste, and loved by many for its simplicity and deliciousness.
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Pesto Rice Salad With Tuna
Pesto rice salad is a refreshing Mediterranean dish that is perfect to make ahead and enjoy on one of those lazy, warm days. This salad is a perfect weeknight light meal or a side for your favorite mains. It is easy, quick, and so flavorful!
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Pasta Fredda (Italian Tuna Pasta Salad)
This pasta fredda (Italian tuna pasta salad) is so flavorful, fresh, and loaded with tomatoes, tuna, artichokes, and olives. The recipe is very easy to make and is perfect as a quick and light lunch, dinner, or a prep-ahead side dish for summer cookouts.
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Italian Tomato Salad (Insalata di Pomodori)
This simple Italian tomato salad can be ready in just 10 minutes! It is fresh, sweet, and with a tangy kick, perfect to pair with your favorite proteins.
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Italian Chopped Salad Recipe
Packed with plant-based protein, Italian dressing, baked tofu, artichoke hearts, peppers and more. This is one of the best everyday Italian salad recipes.
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Summer Pasta Salad
Give your tastebuds a truly refreshing flavor! This Summer Pasta Salad is perfect for summer gatherings and is a great addition to easy meals. The best part of these cold pasta salad? It literally takes just minutes to whip up!
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Italian Cannellini Bean Salad With Tomatoes And Olives
This Cannellini Bean Salad is healthy, flavorful and satisfying. Made with plenty of veggies and cashew cheese, it’s the perfect vegan side salad or lunch.
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Mediterranean Orzo Salad
Perfect for summer BBQs, meal prep, date nights, and picnics, this Mediterranean Orzo Salad can be used as a side dish or tasty main.
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Lemon Arugula Salad with Parmesan
This recipe for lemon arugula salad with Parmesan is a perfect side to any pasta or Italian dish. Just 5 minutes to make + 4 ingredients.
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Arugula Spinach Salad With Winter Citrus
Make this tasty, vibrant Arugula Spinach Salad with Winter Citrus in just 10 minutes! Enjoy as a simple side dish with chicken, fish, or pasta.
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The salad that is fit to be an any time meal. This bright and colorful salad is a great no-cook recipe that can be a wow worthy side dish, or stand alone main.
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Peach Arugula Salad with Proscuitto and Burrata
Peach Arugula Salad with Prosciutto and Burrata is a sweet and savory salad that tastes like Italy in the summertime. The ripe sweet peaches and heirloom tomatoes complement the savory prosciutto and burrata..
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Peperonata is one of those delightful dishes that showcases the magic of creating incredible flavors with just a handful of high-quality ingredients. This Peperonata recipe embodies the essence of Italian cuisine – simplicity, freshness, and vibrant flavors. Get ready to savor the essence of summer with this classic dish. Perfect as is!
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Lemon Orzo Salad
A super fresh, bright and summery Lemon Orzo Salad that is so simple and quick to make with minimal ingredients. Ready in under 15 minutes!
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Italian House Salad with Red Wine Dressing
This easy Italian green salad recipe is one of my favorite Italian side dishes. Fresh, crisp lettuce with artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and onion. Topped with a red wine vinaigrette!
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