This is a beautiful Italian Style salad bringing together great ingredients like artichoke and tarragon vinegar. Goes equally well at an outdoor barby or an dinner party. Allow for marinating time.
1/2 cup (125ml) canola or vegetable oil
1/3 cup (75ml) tarragon vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon diced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cloves garlic, crushed
250g artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
5 cups cos lettuce - rinsed, dried, and diced
1 red capsicum, cut into strips
1 carrot, grated
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup black or kalamata olives
1/4 cup pitted green olives
1/2 cucumber, sliced
2 tablespoons grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 pinch ground black pepper, to taste
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Directions Preparation:30min › Extra time:4hours marinating › Ready in:4hours30min
In a medium container with a lid mix canola oil, tarragon vinegar, sugar, thyme, dry mustard and garlic. Cover and shake until well blended. Place artichoke hearts into the mixture, cover then marinate in the refrigerator 4 hours or overnight.
In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, red capsicum, carrot, red onion, black olives, green olives, cucumber and Romano cheese. Season with pepper.
Pour in the artichoke and marinade mixture and toss to coat.