Italian salad in a bowl

The Perfect Pair: Pizza and Greens

October 15, 2014 – Hey there! It’s Ali, from Gimme Some Oven, back here with you today. And we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects — pizza!

Pizza on a peelI don’t know about you, but “pizza night” has always been a regular occurrence in my home, especially once the weather cools off again for fall. There’s just something about pulling a freshly-baked pizza out of the oven that is the ultimate comfort food.  And all the better if ALDI has done the work for you!

Italian salad in a bowlThat’s right — have you ever checked out the pizza selection at ALDI? They are totally tasty, and also a fraction of the price of anything you could order out at a restaurant. I love some of their traditional pizzas (i.e. pepperoni, supreme, sausage, etc.), but I also love checking out the Special Buys section to see what good ones pop up there. Just this week I spied some fun pizzas like Mama Cozzi’s Italian Meat Deli Pizza.

In my house, though, good pizza always must be paired with a good green salad. So this past week, I whipped up an Italian salad that was inspired by my beloved pepperoni pizza, and it was a total hit with my friends!

So pick up a pizza the next time you’re at ALDI, and also toss (ha, get it?) these salad ingredients in your cart to whip up this delicious salad as a side.  Enjoy!

Pepperoni Italian Chopped Salad
24 Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Sliced Pepperoni pieces, sliced into quarters
1 package romaine hearts, roughly chopped or torn
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 green bell pepper, cored and diced
½ small red onion, diced
½ cup drained and sliced Tuscan Garden Large Pitted Ripe Olives
½ cup Reggano Parmesan Grated Cheese
Homemade Italian Vinaigrette (see recipe below)

½ cup Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup vinegar
2 teaspoons Stonemill Italian Seasoning
⅛ teaspoon Stonemill Salt
⅛ teaspoon Stonemill Black Pepper

To Make the Salad
Toss the pepperoni, romaine, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, olives, and vinaigrette together until combined.  (You may need to split up the pepperoni pieces with your fingers so that they do not stick together.)  Serve immediately, topped with the vinaigrette and the grated cheese.

To Make the Vinaigrette
Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Ali Ebright, Gimme Some Oven.

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