Monday, March 19, 2012

Mia Bella Salade

Ah, Spring fever.  Like me, are you down with it?  

I am ready to lighten it up, offering fresh, crisp, salads, while spending less time in the kitchen and more time in sunshine!  I adore Italian food and wanted to create a composed salad with sausage and white beans.  It was so yummy and we will enjoy it out on the patio all summer long.

Toss lettuce, cucumber, white beans, olives and beets with dressing.  Place on serving plates.
Here's the low-down.  Early in the day make the dressing so flavors can blend and it's chilled.  Whip out your salad spinner and rinse, dry and chill lettuces.  About 30 minutes before serving, cook and crumble sausage, draining any fat.  Shred cheese, and drain beans, olives, and beets.  Peel and cube cucumber.  Next, toss all but cheese and sausage with dressing and divide between plates.  Sprinkle with cheese, then warm sausage, topping with a little more cheese on top.  Garnish with peppers.  Be sure to have extra dressing for drizzling on top.  Serves 6-8.

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese, warm sausage, and another sprinkle of cheese on top.
Mama Mia!  You're going to love this one.... thanks for your visit friends.

Mia Bella Salade
  • 1/2 heart of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red-leaf lettuce
  • 1/2 iceberg lettuce
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and cubed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pickled beets, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole black olives
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar peperoncini (peppers)
Early in the day make Creamy Italian Dressing and chill.  In a large frying pan, cook and crumble sausage.  Drain fat and keep warm.  Rinse and dry lettuce and tear into bite size pieces.  Peel and cut cucumber into bite size chunks.  Rinse and drain beans, olives and beets.  Toss all but sausage, cheese and peppers in a large bowl with dressing.  Place salad on serving plates and sprinkle with cheese.  Next add some warm sausage and top with a little more cheese.  Garnish with peperoncini peppers. 

Creamy Italian Dressing 
  • 1-1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  •  2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground back pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Place all ingredients in a food processor; process until well blended, 10-12 seconds.  Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

 Sei il migliore!


  1. Good morning Gnee!

    A perfectly lovely salad to enjoy as the seasons change! The warn sausage is a special treat making this an extra hearty and flavorful salad. Pretty colors too.

    It is going to be in the 70's all week here. I suppose that means I should get out and tackle some yard work!

  2. You are up early. I love the sound of this salad. I forgot how much I like beets in salads. We had such warm weather, and then on Sunday it really got cold and rained. Unlike you, I didn't enjoy the warm weather on our deck. Joni

  3. Mama Mia, this does look good! My husband loves it when I tell him I'm trying a salad inspired by you. We'll definitely do this one, dressing and all. I will, however, have to pull the beets off of his. He won't eat them. That's the beauty of a salad, though, they can be so custom.

  4. Renee - you took me to Italy with this one. Sounds fantastic! I thought you weren't blogging anymore so I was so glad to hop over and see! I have been making lots of salads lately trying to get off the winter pounds and this one will fit right in!

  5. Yummy Renee! Just the name alone is so beautiful and the salad looks simply amazing! I can't wait to try it! Love your pictues!

  6. This is my kind of salad, Renee. Love the addition of beets and peperoncini with all those other yummy ingredients. A large salad is my favorite summertime dinner.

  7. That is a delicious sounding combination.
    A great way to use beans.

    Spring? Nah, snow!

  8. It looks just yummy!
    Awesome idea and I love your job!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  9. What a beautiful salad! Love all of the flavors! Happy Spring!

  10. Gorgeous header, really reached out and got me! Love this salad, looks so perfect! (I am going private, if you care to follow, come leave your email) :D

  11. We're having a salad for dinner tonight so I'm all about eating lighter when the weather is warm. This one sounds delicious and one that my hubby would like with the sausage in it. Love that dressing bottle!

  12. Mmmm, this salad looks so yummy- I need to give this a try!

  13. I'm stopping by from the TT&J link up party. Oh yum! I have to give this a try!

  14. I love a composed salad that lets me serve the entire meal on one plate - and in the summer, when I've been at the office all day, I don't want to spend any time at all in the kitchen. Good weather is not to be wasted!

  15. what a lovely combination! the salad looks fresh and really delicious


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