The Perfect Salad

You don’t need a tutorial for salad making.  Everyone knows how to make a salad.

But, thing is.  You don’t know how to make this salad.

It’s got pasta in it.

And a handful of pungent-but-perfect kalamata olives.

The cool kiss of cucumbers.

The sharp bite of purple onions.

And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.  How is this not the finest thing you’ve pondered all day?  Ridic.

You didn’t need a salad tutorial, but I’ll bet you’re glad you got one.  Now all you need is the secret dressing recipe. 

If only there was a printable recipe card which spilled the beans on such a secret.  Well, looky there. Your day of salad bliss has arrived.


The Perfect Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dressing


6-8 cups Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup kalamata olives
16 ounces cooked pasta (I used one of Giada's pastas from Target)
1 cucumber, sliced
1/2 small purple onion, sliced
1/2 cup feta cheese

6 ounce plain Greek yogurt
2 large strips of roasted bell pepper
1/2 shallot
1/4 olive oil
3 tablespoon honey
1//4 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 tablespoon salt
3-4 fresh basil leaves


Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper salad dressing.

In a blender, puree all ingredients together until very smooth. Keep in your fridgidaire until ready to serve. Slather atop salad whence ready to enjoy.

14 Responses to “The Perfect Salad”

  1. Liz says:

    The shape of that pasta is totally freaking me out.

  2. Katrina says:

    This sure does look like the perfect salad! I love the dressing in this. It looks awesome.

  3. Becki says:

    Yes-I must agree that this is the perfect salad…and I actually got to eat some of it-so naner naner everyone! But seriously it is DELICIOUS! Thanks again Brooke!

  4. Kaylie says:

    I may fall in love with this salad dressing – roasted red peppers are so my type!

  5. Susan says:

    This was a might tasty dinner tonight. I especially liked the dressing – thanks for the recipe! My only challenge is finding a red onion that’s not too strong. Any suggestions on selecting a good red onion at the store (I try to smell them, but that doesn’t seem to always do the trick)?

    • Brooke says:

      Oh, sheesh! Great questions! If it’s too oniony, feel free to swap in a Vidalia, or reduce the amount of red onion! No probs!

  6. Buttercup says:

    This looks great. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Megan says:

    I’ll take that for lunch! Looks so fresh and crisp.

  8. Laura says:

    Reply to Susan’s question about red onions: I am not a fan of raw onions but some recipes aren’t the same without it. Soaking the sliced or chopped red onion in ice water takes the edge off the “oniony” smell and taste.

  9. Therese says:

    I just read this to my husband and his first comment was, “I’d throw some grilled shrimp on that.” Either way, we’re trying this one.

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