Gluten Free Italian Salad with Polenta Croutons

Italian Salad with Polenta Croutons

Italian Salad with Polenta Croutons

Summary:
Vegan optional.

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, cleaned and torn into small pieces
  • 1 red pepper, cored and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 pint baby heirloom tomatoes or Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Italian black olives, pits removed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted pinenuts
  • 10-12 pieces of freshly shaved Parmesan
  • 2 cups gluten free polenta croutons – see recipe in salad section

Dressing

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

Arrange romaine lettuce on chilled salad plates.  Place pepper slices, baby tomatoes, and olives on top of lettuce.  Sprinkle with basil and pine nuts.  Top with shaved Parmesan and croutons.

For dressing:

Place all ingredients in a mason jar or large measuring cup.  Whisk until combined.  Drizzle over salad and top with croutons.

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