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Pepperoni Pizza Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing | Get Inspired Everyday!

Pepperoni Pizza Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings and 3/4 cup dressing 1x
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Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 cups mixed greens, 8 ounces
  • 1 package natural pepperoni slices, 4 ounces
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, about 4 cups

Homemade Italian Dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 12 Teaspoons maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced, or 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion, or 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt, or to your taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons minced parsley, or 1/2 Teaspoon dried
  • 2 Teaspoons minced basil, or 1/2 Teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon diced red bell pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the washed salad greens into a large bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the pepperoni slices into strips and scatter them over the top of the greens along with the grated Pecorino, and cherry tomatoes.
  3. To make the dressing, place all the ingredients except the oil and diced bell pepper into a blender. Blend starting on low and drizzle in the oil slowly increasing the speed a bit to 4 or 5 on a Vitamix. Blend until all the oil is added and completely emulsified. Add the bell pepper and blend just to combine.
  4. Toss the salad with the dressing or serve it alongside.
  5. The dressing keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Notes

For the mixed greens, I used a mix of spinach, beet greens, and baby kale.
One of my favorite shortcuts on this dressing is to sub in 1 1/2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning for the oregano, parsley, and basil to speed things up a bit.