Italian Basil Salad Recipe

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Italian Basil Salad

Melissa Baldan


Basil Salad can be pretty pricey and when you are a frugal gourmet, there is nothing more spine tingling than overprices ingredients. I came up with this quick and inexpensive variation. It is very yum. Enjoy!

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10 Min


head of lettuce, chopped
1 c
large basil leaves, cut in half (widthwise)
1 large
tomato, diced into large pieces
3/4 c
mexican melting cheese, crumbled (i know it isn't italian, but trust me)
1 medium
bell pepper, red or orange
1/4 c
cumin & balsamic vinegarette dressing (recipe below)


1Layer, from bottom up, Lettuce, Basil, Tomato, Bell Pepper, and Cheese
2Drizzle with Cumin Balsamic Dressing.
3Do not toss.
Serve with additional dressing on the side.
4For dressing Mix together:
1/2 cup extra virgin Olive Oil, 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tsp coarse ground mustard, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy