Union Loafer's Italian Salad

Union Loafer's Italian Salad
photo by greg rannells

This salad wakes up your appetite for pizza or lasagna with hits of sour, salt and crunch.


3 hearts of romaine, chopped
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
1 12-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup pitted picholine olives, halved, plus more to taste
¹∕³ cup pickled peppers (recipe follows)
4 oz. mozzarella pearls
3 to 4 oz. Italian vinaigrette (recipe follows)
2 to 3 sprigs fresh parsley
2 to 3 large pinches of grated Parmesan or romano cheese, plus more to taste


• In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients until the salad is evenly coated in the dressing. Season to taste with more olives and cheese, if desired.