Quick Fix Italian Salad

Anita was looking for a simple, low-carb side dish to take in her lunches to work. The pasta salads we normally made were just a bit too high in carbs, so I suggested we try a quick fix Italian salad. Tasty, easy, and low-carb, this salad was a welcome change and luckily, packed with flavor too!
Quick Fix Italian SaladThis quick fix Italian salad is just a simple variation on a traditional side salad often found at picnics and family get-togethers. I keep the portion size small, making a week’s-worth of salads at once Sunday evening. I use little 1-cup sized seal-able reusable containers with screw-on lids. The lids keep the dressing from leaking out in case the containers are overturned.

Sometimes I mix things up just a big. Leave out the meat (making it the perfect side dish for my toasted Italian sandwich). Substitute spicy pepperjack cheese. Try a different Italian dressing. I still keep the salad low-carb, but you do have to mix things up (even if only slightly) to keep them from getting too boring.

Also try my creamy pasta salad.

Quick Fix Italian Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Mike


  • Green olives drained, sliced or halved
  • Black olives drained, sliced or halved
  • Roasted red peppers chopped (I use Mezzetta's Deli-Sliced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips)
  • Thick-cut salami or Italian ham chopped
  • Mozzarella or Swiss cheese sticks cubed
  • Italian salad dressing


  • Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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