For those of you who are looking to live healthier, but don’t want to give up your favorite salad recipes, you’re in luck. This restaurant-style house salad is filling and delicious without all the preservatives, additives or hidden calories. It has all the flavors of a traditional house salad with the addition of an irresistible creamy Parmesan dressing that will make you forget about any other dressing!
This beautiful and fresh salad comes together in minutes and tastes great for days. The best part is that it takes no special skills or ingredients to put this recipe together. And if you happen to have leftovers, the salad can be eaten cold too!
The original Carrabba’s in Houston is one of my favorite restaurants. My mom, sister and I would go and never needed a menu as we always ordered.
I remember those days when my mother used to have a backyard garden, spending time on it, which was like a time waste to me (in those days). She used to say that vegetables are good supplements for our health, and we must include it in our dishes.
We used to hate vegetables, and said its tasteless, I remember eating cucumbers, jicama, radish and lettuce, with shrinking faces until my mother came to introduce to me something that was more than a vegetables, a mix of all of them.
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One day we went to one of the Italian-American restaurant in our town, received by girls wearing black dresses with orange aprons, smile holding a book and a pen asking for what menu we wanted to be served with.
There is where I discovered the secret that am going to share with you today. The salad!! Dressed with creamy milky parmesan, and trust me from there I decided to make my own at home locally.
Technically speaking, a salad is all about dressing. Meat, vegetables or even pasta, when mixed with a mayonnaise or parmesan.
The Benefits of Eating a Salad
Healthy salads are the perfect meal choice for any day of the week. They’re filling, flavorful and can even be a dessert! This restaurant-style house salad is a great dish to add to your arsenal of healthy recipes. It’s full of fresh ingredients that will leave you satisfied without feeling heavy or sluggish after eating.
When we eat salads, we’re making conscious decisions about what goes into our bodies. We’re choosing what we want to fuel our bodies with and recognizing that there are so many things that don’t need to go into it. Salads can be a great way to “clean out” your system and start fresh each week. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating bland food, either! Salads can be anything but boring–especially this one with its rich flavors and creamy dressing.
Dairy-Free Dressing Recipe
This dairy-free dressing recipe is one of the easiest recipes to make. You only need two ingredients- mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese.
Start by combining the two ingredients in a bowl and whisking until they are combined. The mixture will have a thick, creamy consistency. Drizzle over your salad, or use for dipping fresh cut veggies!
RESTAURANT STYLE HOUSE SALAD WITH CREAMY PARMESAN DRESSING
- 1 bag of fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Creamy Parmesan Dressing (recipe below)
These days I grow my carrots and lettuce on backyard, just like my mother and make my salad with parmesan
How to Make a RESTAURANT STYLE HOUSE SALAD
Making my salad at home will just need some minutes, about 5 minutes to prepare them. I am fond of meat, so I will buy my chicken meat, and put it aside first.
I will have carrots, slice them in a reasonable sizes, lettuce, torn in pieces, and ¼ of olive and put them in a bowl.
I will go for a mayonnaise, buttermilk, grated parmesan, kalamata olive and garlic clove, putting them into a blender, blend them together to get a smooth creamy solution that I will use for dressing. Remember I said salad is all about dressing.
After blending them to get smooth solution, I will mix to combine with carrots, lettuce and kalamata olives (dressing), tossing little by little in order not to overdress it, but you are not limited, you can pour the mixture as much as you see fit for you.
To give it a flavor and water mouthing, I will top it with pepperoncini and serve with chicken I bought and kept aside in the beginning.
The Final Steps
Now that you have the dressing and the salad put together, it is time to get creative with your toppings. Think about what tastes go well with this dish and try adding anything from a little cheese to some salty croutons. The options are endless and your taste buds will thank you.
The creamy Parmesan dressing is sure to give your traditional salad recipe a new, exciting twist that will have you coming back for more. And, don’t forget to take pictures of your beautiful plate before devouring it. You’ll be glad you did!
As you can see, salads can be a healthy and delicious part of any meal. They can be made with a variety of vegetables and dressings, so the possibilities are endless.
Or if you’re looking for something more filling, try this restaurant-style house salad with creamy Parmesan dressing! This recipe is perfect for any home cook who has a busy schedule because it takes minutes to make and tastes great as leftovers.