Growing Chefs! Ontario Big Sicilian Salad

Big Sicilian Salad

This salad sure serves a crowd! It is one of our favourites to make use of Ontario greenhouse produce, even in the winter!
Serves 4-6
1 large head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and cut into large, bite-sized pieces1 large red bell pepper, diced1 cucumber, diced1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons1 cup grape tomatoes, halved1/2 cup pitted black olives Feta, crumbled to taste


1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped1/2 cup fresh basil1/4 teaspoon dried oregano2 cloves garlic, peeled1/4 cup red wine vinegar3/4 cup olive oil1 1/2 teaspoons honey Salt to taste Pepper to taste
TongsCutting boardChef’s knifeMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsFood processor or blenderBowls of various sizes for ingredientsSalad spinnerPeelerDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Cut the lettuce into bite sized pieces, wash and spin in a salad spinner if needed to clean it. Place into a large bowl.

Big salad lettuce

Cut the bell pepper in half, and scoop out the seeds. Cut into finger sized pieces, and then dice it. Place it with the lettuce.

Big salad pepper

Cut the ends off the cucumber. Cut it half, and then again into quarters to dice it. Put it into the bowl with the lettuce.

Big salad cuce

Take the carrot and peel off the outer layer. Continue to peel the inner layer of the carrot into long peels with the lettuce.

Big salad carrot

Cut the grape tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them with the lettuce.

Big salad toma

Add the olives, and crumble the desired amount of feta cheese onto the salad.

Big salad mix

Get Cooking!

Place the chopped parsley and basil leaves into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Measure the oregano, vinegar, oil and honey right into the herbs. Add garlic, salt and pepper and blend until smooth.

Drizzle over desired amount of the dressing to taste on the salad and gently toss to combine. Garnish with additional feta cheese if desired.

Big sicillian salad