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Insalata Della Casa

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A bowl of salad, with insalata della casa and Ranch dressing

One of my very favorite house salads is the Insalata Della Casa served at Bravo’s Italian Restaurant so I was thrilled when I found a copycat recipe a few years ago. Chopped salads typically consist of all diced or chopped ingredients, including the lettuce, which are tossed together with the dressing before serving.

A bowl of salad on a plate, with insalata della casa and Ranch dressing

Insalata Della Casa starts with a base of iceberg and romaine lettuces, tomato, cucumber, and bacon. If I’m prepping ahead, I like to chill my chopped ingredients at this stage so that when the dressing is added, the salad is good and chilled. Better yet, chill the serving bowls for a really refreshing green salad.

Insalata Della Casa with crispy rice noodles on top

The secret ingredient? Chinese rice noodles! These thin crispy noodles add a little extra crunch. The Bravo salad has fried wonton strips, but I think these little noodles are a perfect substitute — right out of the can and no frying required!

A bowl of salad, with insalata della casa and Ranch dressing

The creamy homemade Parmesan Ranch dressing is one of the best I’ve tried. In a crunch I will use the bottled Ranch dressing, but the homemade is definitely better — you’ll want to try it!

Insalata Della Casa in a bowl with creamy dressing and parmesan cheese

I like to sprinkle a few extra Chinese rice noodles and Parmesan cheese on top when serving, just for the extra crunch. Another thing I love about this salad is that the dressing can be made a day or two ahead (which gives it plenty of time to chill and allow the flavors to meld together), so that assembling this salad takes literally minutes.

Insalata Della Casa in white bowl with red napkin and fork

Tips: Make sure your ratio between iceberg and romaine is about 60:40 for the best mix. This is a wonderful side salad, but add grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a meal. Also, I always substitute the light versions for mayo and sour cream in the dressing as well…keeping it a bit healthier is always a good thing!

Yield: 8 servings

Insalata Della Casa

Insalata Della Casa | Life, Love, and Good Food

Bravo's signature copycat recipe with a creamy homemade Parmesan Ranch dressing with tangy buttermilk.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 day
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 oz. packet ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, diced
  • 1 heart of romaine, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 8 oz. carton grape tomatoes, diced
  • Bacon bits
  • Parmesan cheese blend
  • 1 can fried rice noodles

Instructions

  1. Combine dressing ingredients. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Just before serving, toss together iceberg, romaine, cucumber, tomato, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and all of the dressing.
  3. Tower mixture on the center of a cold plate. Top with additional Parmesan cheese, bacon bits, and rice noodles.

Notes

Original recipe found on Tastebook.com

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

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