This is an easy salad to put together, but it's really a nice addition to any meal. If you add some chicken, it can be a main dish.
The day before I plan to serve the salad, I cut up bell peppers. This time I used red, yellow and orange because they look so pretty, but you can use any color. I marinate the peppers over night in oil and balsamic vinegar. I don't measure, but I go light on the oil and heavy on the vinegar and fill it so it almost covers the peppers.
Then right before I serve it, I assemble it, starting with Spring Mix (baby greens). I love the affordable organic greens available at warehouse clubs. Both Sams and Costco sell 1 pound of these greens for less than $5.
Then I add fresh mozzarella cheese. This has such a nice texture in a salad and comes in a variety of sizes. If you buy a large ball of it, you can slice it. I bought it in small balls.
Then I added pepperoni that I cut in halves. This is the least healthy element of the salad because it has nitrates, but you can add any meat. You can now find some lunch meats that contain no nitrates in your regular grocery stores. Hormel and Oscar Meyer both have a line of these.
Then I layered all items on top of the spring greens, and drizzled on olive oil. Combined with the vinegar-marinated peppers, the oil makes a nice dressing. On top I grated Asiago cheese (my favorite type of cheese). Parmesan or Romano would also be nice, and you can also add black olives. I don't use all of the vinegar marinade from the peppers because it would make the salad too strong and soggy, but you can put a bowl of it on the side for people to add to taste.
I like this salad because it's a nice combination of colors, textures, and tastes.
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Bless you, Gail