Crunchy Italian Salad with Crispy Salami and Pita Croutons
Crisp salami, garlic and pita croutons; combine with bold condiments to make this salad a fresh and flavorful meal in itself.
Let’s talk salads. To be specific, let’s talk fully loaded, textural wonder-type salads with bold toppings and tangy dressings. I will forever love a salad full of lots of interesting and contrasting flavors and texture. Bring on the crisp, crunchy, fresh, tangy, savory and bright! I’ve had many salads of simply dressed greens out at restaurants that accompany a bolder dish, but at home I love to make salads that are the meal themselves. The type that combines all sorts of flavor and texture to make something that is just as satisfying as any other meal.
I’m the kind of girl that can never resist some good crunch and crisp, so this salad with its crispy salami bits, crunchy croutons, hearty chickpeas, fresh lettuce and tangy-sweet condiments is kind of a salad-dream come true. The dressing for this salad is a teensy bit sweet, a lot tangy, and combined with sweet-pickled peppers, buttery olives and bright onion, it’s the perfect dressing to cut through the richness of the salami and garlicky croutons. This salad really is delicious and comes together with just a little prep.
To start, I like to make the croutons. You can even make these a day or so ahead and store in an airtight container. We begin by grating a clove of garlic on a handy Zester Grater by Microplane.