Chef Joe’s Italian Salad

We’ve been busy lately, and we know you have, too! When our lives are hectic, we often forget the importance of nutrition and the comfort that comes with a healthy, home-cooked meal. Our Executive Chef Joseph Stranan has shared his favorite salad recipe that’s healthy, delicious, and can be thrown together in a pinch. Italian Salad has become a favorite around here among the residents, and we hope it becomes a favorite of yours, too! 


  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes
  • a handful of kalamata or black olives
  • 1/4 purple onion sliced thin
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced and quartered
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 2 oz. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. dry oregano


  • Cut or tear romaine
  • Slice provolone cheese into strips
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half
  • Thinly slice purple onion
  • Slice and quarter the cucumber
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well

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