Go Back
+ servings
house salad
Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Italian House Salad with Parmesan and Croutons

Italian House Salad with Parmesan and Croutons is the perfect side for almost any meal. Serve it with your favorite pasta dishes, cozy soups, or roast chicken.
To adjust the servings in this recipe, click on the number next to servings.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy salad, easy side dish
Servings: 8
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00


  • Salad Bowl
  • Small Jar or Bowl with Lid


For the Dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder (not garlic salt)
  • ¼ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

For the Salad:

  • ½ cup thin slices Red Onion
  • 8 cups chopped Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup Pepperoncini, whole or sliced (these come in mild, medium, and hot)
  • 1 cup Black Olives, sliced or whole
  • 1 ½ cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved (or use one regular tomato, sliced into wedges)
  • 1 ½ cups Croutons, homemade or store-bought
  • ½ cup grated or thinly sliced Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  • Whisk together vinegar, honey, salt, dried oregano, and garlic powder. Add olive oil while whisking until dressing is smooth. (Or just combine everything in a jar with a lid and shake well.)
  • Optional step: Add red onions to dressing and let sit for 10 minutes. This will help to mellow the bite of the onions and add flavor to the dressing. Feel free to skip this step if you prefer the onions raw.
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing gradually, tossing to combine, until salad is dressed to your liking.
  • Finish salad with fresh-cracked black pepper.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 802mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4444IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg