Insalata Mista Recipe

6 cups
7 min

This recipe for an easy insalata mista is perfect for every night, but especially with grilled meat, pasta, or soup.

Insalata mista is simply ‘mixed salad’ in Italian. During our recent trip to the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany, we enjoyed an insalata mista or an insalata verde (green salad) at just about every meal.

Fresh, crisp lettuce combined with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced cucumbers, red onions, and carrots for a simple and refreshing salad. Adding olives, pepperoncini, shaved basil, ricotta salata, or shaved parmesan would add a little extra oomph to our salads.

Insalata mista in a white bowl.

The vinaigrette for insalata mista is traditionally just good-quality olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. It is a light and tangy dressing.

Insalata Mista is the perfect accompaniment to this Tuscan White Bean Soup. Just add a nice crusty bread and you have the perfect meal.

The Tuscan countryside, taken from the Torcibrencoli vineyards.

Let’s chat a little more about this Insalata Mista recipe.

Vegetables added to Insalata Mista.

what are the common ingredients in insalata mista

  • The Greens Common green in Insalata Mista are a mix of romaine, arugula, curly endive, butterhead lettuce, and radicchio.
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Red Onion, thinly slice
  • Carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler or thinly sliced.
  • Cheese Parmesan (shaved with a vegetable peeler) or Ricotta Salata (chunks or sliced)
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Pepperoncini (optional)
  • Olives (optional)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves (optional)
Olive oil and Vinegar,

how to make insalata mista for a crowd

This recipe makes enough salad for four people. If you will be entertaining more, consider the following guideline to make sure that you have enough for everyone:

  • Greens – 1 cup (2.5 ounces) per person
  • Additional Vegetables – 1/2 cup (4 ounces) per person
  • Dressing/Vinaigrette – 2 tablespoons per person
Recipe details
  • 6  cups
  • Prep time: 7 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 7 min
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  • 4 cups lightly packed fresh mixed greens. Consider a mix of romaine, radicchio, arugula, red and green leaf lettuce.
  • 1-2 carrots, peeled and then cut in rounds or shaved with vegetable peeler
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced in rounds
  • 1/4- 1/2 red onion, cut into thin rounds
  • 2-3 small to medium tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved with vegetable peeler or crumbled Ricotta Salata
  • Black or green olives (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn (optional)
  • Pepperoncini (optional)
Simple Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey (can sub maple syrup)
  • 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
  • 3/4 cup good quality olive oil
For Insalata Mista
Tear your lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.
Combine all ingredients in your salad bowl
Dress with Red Wine Vinaigrette.
For Red Wine Vinaigrette
Combine wine, oregano, honey, salt, and pepper.
Whisk in olive oil until well combined.
  • Store vinaigrette in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator
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