Country Italian Salad


Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

The internet is allllllll about Thanksgiving right now and it’s kinda freaking me out cuz it’s Monday and I don’t even want to begin writing out the 10 page TO DO list I have to complete in the next month and a half. You feel me?  I wish I had a new pumpkin pie recipe, appetizer idea or a new side dish recipe  to show you but I’m just trying to get my act together while living in a state of denial.  In the midst of all this madness, it’s important to take good care of ourselves. We must find good shortcuts, give thanks and eat a ridiculous amount of salad to balance our (MY) future indulgences.  Eat salad, make TO DO LISTS, watch The Voice, drink a toddy, live life all while doing laundry and on and on…

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

So, HELLO MONDAY!  Let’s do this. Let’s make another one of my favorite Trader Joe’s salads. This Country Italian Salad is one of my go-to salads when I’m grabbing a quick lunch at work. I usually pair it with a cup of Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Tomato Soup (which I add a little cheese & hot sauce up in).

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

Now I have meals for work the rest of the week. What I love about this salad is the crunch, the protein from the beans, the tangy dressing and the sweet peppers. It’s definitely good on its own, although you could add some tuna, chopped chicken or go wild and add avocado in there. You could also pair it with grilled sausage & grilled flatbread. That sounds good, right??! The garlicy parmesan dressing (that get’s even better on day two) is where it’s at. I want to put it on everything.

Other Trader Joe’s Salad I’ve Shutterbean-ified (totally a word) include:

BBQ CHICKEN SALAD

SUPER SPINACH SALAD

BROCCOLI KALE SLAW

And we’re off! This is a dream for a person with a vegetable chopping compulsion. Ahem, me.

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

Dressing…

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

Comes together!

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

Put a lid on it. SHAKE.

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

You could toss this whole salad together or you could put it in TO-GO containers for the week.

Bring the jar of dressing with you. It’s already in a jar. PORTABLE!

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

And we dress…

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Look at all that color.

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

I just got the cutest TO GO containers from Cost Plus. Do you say Cost Plus or World Market?

Are you one of those people that says Cost Plus World Market?  Discuss.

They make eating salad so much easier cuz it’s like an actual bowl…with a lid!

Country Italian Salad // shutterbean

SALAD TIMES, excellent!

Country Italian Salad

makes 3-4 servings

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

for the salad:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1-2 red peppers, finely diced (I used a combo of red, orange & yellow)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 1 14.5 oz can cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

In a small jar mix the vinegar, oil, garlic, mustard, basil, oregano & parmesan together. Season with salt & pepper. Put lid on jar and shake until dressing is well incorporated.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, peppers, carrots, green onions with the cannelini beans. Drizzle dressing on top of salad and toss to coat. Serve the salad with shaved Parmesan cheese on top.

 

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  • November 18, 2013

    Do you know I came here to internet land this morning, after a very over-indulgent weekend, looking for a salad? BOOM! There you go again – absolutely perfect!

    I’m from the UK and i’m thankful to not have a massive holiday before Christmas – i don’t know if I could handle it!

    XxX

    • Tracy
      November 18, 2013

      Yeah girl! Weekends are all about indulging.

  • Nicola
    November 18, 2013

    Lunches next week? Sorted. Thank you for not making me slump, uninspired and knackered, over my lap top at breakfast on Sunday morning!

  • November 18, 2013

    LOVE this salad!!! Loving all the colors and textures!! Just pure love :)

  • November 18, 2013

    I love how colourful this salad is. It’s gorgeous!

  • Nicole
    November 18, 2013

    It will always be Cost Plus to me! I’m about to head out for these ingredients and pack lunches for the week. Yum!

  • Heather
    November 18, 2013

    Those bowls are so cute! Imagine my dismay to find that a website called “World Market” does not ship outside of the States. What’s that about?!

  • Emily
    November 18, 2013

    Tracy, thank God for your “make salads for the week on Sunday night” recipes…I’m SO much more likely to eat semi-healthy if I can make a bunch of meals all at once (and bonus if they’re salads and I can just take the dressing separately). I’m just about to start in on another week of your Reset Button salads, which are a revelation. My grocery store sells gladware containers that have these little dressing cups that snap into the lids…verrrry convenient.

  • This is my kind of salad. I love adding beans in for protein!

  • November 18, 2013

    This salad is perfect in so many ways, will be noshing on it between the holidays (and probably after).

  • GreenDavis
    November 18, 2013

    The Cost Plus/World Market debate!!! I love it and I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is stumped by this. Whenever I tell my husband I’m going to Cost Plus he says “Costco?” And then I say, “No, Cost Plus, that international store, you know?” And then he says, “Oh, World Market.” And then I feel aggravated, again, for the 1000th time. It drives me crazy. I should just start saying Cost Plus World Market but ain’t nobody got time for that.

    CPWM? Maybe pronounce it CaP-WaM? Please solve this dilemma for me!

    • Tracy
      November 18, 2013

      IT WILL ALWAYS BE COST PLUS TO ME. None of this World Market nonsense!

  • November 18, 2013

    This salad sounds so good. I especially love the idea of adding white beans for insta-complete meal!

  • November 18, 2013

    Yum yum yum! Seriously your salads always look so yummy, I wish I could make them for my packed lunch, but it’s just too cold in london haha! Thanks for another great recipe :)

  • Rachel
    November 18, 2013

    Hey Tracy-
    I’m not a huge fan of peppers, do you have another veggie that would work well in this salad to replace them?

    Cost Plus all the way!

    • Tracy
      November 18, 2013

      how about tomatoes?

  • November 18, 2013

    My mom always calls it Cost Plus…I think it’s from her days of living in the East Bay when I was a little. I use either/both depending on who I’m talking to and how blank the stare I get is.

    This salad looks so good and I LOVE to chop veggies. It’s so relaxing!

  • November 18, 2013

    This salad looks so delicious! I put peppers in my lunch salad for this week too. I’m not usually a huge fan but the sweet crunch is perfect for the hot summer weather here in Australia.
    I loved World Market when I was in LA a few years ago – unfortunately too many awesome things and not enough suitcase room!
    I hear they ship internationally though….

  • November 18, 2013

    Those diced peppers totally look like gummy bears. Gummy bear salad!

    • Tracy
      November 18, 2013

      haha. now i want gummy bears

  • November 18, 2013

    World Market!

  • fusilliamy
    November 18, 2013

    Please know that I don’t normally throw this word around, but this salad is totally in my ….wheelhouse (Sorry). Beans, parmesan and garlicy dijon dressing are my favorite salad components.

    Meanwhile, World Market has always been that to me, BUT I still call Costco it’s OG name, Price Club, so I feel you.

    • Tracy
      November 19, 2013

      that’s the second time I’ve heard WHEELHOUSE this week. So cray.

  • Lydia W.
    November 18, 2013

    I’ve always said Cost Plus… those bowls are SUPER cute! I definitely need one or three.

  • Jenna
    November 18, 2013

    Yum! I think I’m going to make this with cat food instead of tuna. Haha. Actually it looks amazing just as is (or maybe with just a little bread on the side!)

  • November 19, 2013

    You have no idea how Shutterbean-ified my packed lunches for work have become! Thanks for looking out for the rest of us who also don’t want to buy junk at work every day. :)

  • Marie
    November 19, 2013

    Hmmm, I’m gonna be completely honest-I’ve never even noticed the Cost Plus part so I’ve always just called it World Market…The Cost Plus words are so tiny compared to the World Market (at least where I live).

  • Reynaul
    November 20, 2013

    World Market here! I saw those bowls and wanted to get them so bad! Does the lid stay on pretty tightly?! I am so going to get those bowls and make this salad this evening!

    • Tracy
      November 20, 2013

      so far so good!

  • November 20, 2013

    I love it when you hack Trader Joe’s salads! It makes me miss them less. This makes me think I need to UP my dressing game. I have no idea what you’re talking about re Cost World. Plus? It sounds large and overwhelming and amazing.
    Heidi xo

  • suzanne
    November 20, 2013

    Cost Plus! And, I am so making this salad. Especially now that I’m 4 hours from my closest Trader Joe’s (and Cost Plus.) I think those that call it World Market just weren’t around in the days when it was just a big old warehouse in the Bay Area, filled with incense and great ethnic clothing and stuff….It’s COST PLUS, baby!

  • jillian
    November 21, 2013

    first of all, world market for sure.
    secondly, i LOVE the salad, juice and cocktail posts!!!!!! my go to for inspiration and taste:)

  • November 21, 2013

    Recently I’ve been putting parmesan on EVERYTHING. I think this salad needs to be next.

  • November 21, 2013

    that salad dressing is like my favorite thing in the whole wide world. I’m coming over next time you make this

  • Jenn
    November 22, 2013

    Thank you for posting a salad idea. Sometimes I just need a nudge to eat healthy OR it’s that I want a healthy meal, just lack the inspiration to make it occur outside of the same boring house-style salad.

  • November 24, 2013

    That dressing looks divine! Cheese + dressing= hell yeah!

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