Hot Days and Cold Salads - Italian Garden Salad with Artichokes

This is a salad you can throw together quickly depending on what you have on hand, what is in your garden and/or what your family likes.  

A staple in our home since Sam's Club started to carry it is; Olive Garden's Salad Dressing.  If you don't have a Sam's Club near you or aren't a member, you can purchase it online. We love the Olive Garden dressing not only for salads, but my husband requests I keep it on hand as he uses it on his sandwiches and on his pepperoni pizza.

Italian Garden Salad

Remember;  add or leave out as you wish!  I make this different every time.

1 bag or bunch your favorite lettuce blends
1 tomato, sliced into wedges
1 can artichokes, halved
1 small or large can black olives
1/4 c yellow banana peppers, jarred
1 small jar whole mushrooms
1/2 red pepper, sliced or diced
1/2 green pepper, sliced or diced
1/2 sweet vidalia onion, sliced
3/4 c sliced zucchini
Shredded parmesan (or use mozzarella or feta too!)
Basil if you wish (fresh or a bit of dried)

Mix and toss with about 2/3 c Creamy Italian Dressing just before serving.  

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