20+ Italian Salad Recipes to Brighten Up Your Meal

Italian salads are known for their fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and simple elegance. From the classic Caprese salad to a crunchy radicchio salad. You’re guaranteed to find a perfect Italian salad here!

These Italian salads are sure to be a hit with your friends and family! They’re easy to make ahead and will add a delicious touch to your next get-together. So, next time you’re planning an Italian-inspired meal, be sure to include one of these flavorful salads.

Buon Appetito!

PS – Don’t forget about these Italian appetizers, Italian soupsItalian sidesItalian desserts, and these 85+ delicious Italian foods too! And say cheers with one of these Italian cocktails.

The BEST Italian Salads to Try!

Prepared radicchio salad in grey bowl with serving utensils.
This delicious Italian Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese. And, a special tip ensures that your radicchio won't be bitter!
Radicchio Salad
Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad in grey bowl.
This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 
Cherry Tomato Salad
Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
Kale Caesar Salad
Overhead shot of shaved fennel salad in green serving bowl on pink table.
This Shaved Fennel Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon vinaigrette and wonderful crunch. It's the perfect side salad for rich and hearty dishes like pasta or braised short ribs.  
Shaved Fennel Salad
Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Arugula Salad ready to be served.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
Arugula Salad
This panzanella salad has tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, cucumber and toasted bread cubes, all tossed in a homemade dressing. A fresh and light side dish.
Recipe: Dinner At the Zoo
Panzanella Salad
Not only is this the best brown rice salad recipe in terms of flavour, but it’s also highly a nutritious rice salad, boasting ingredients such as nutty brown rice, tomatoes, red onion, arugula, cucumber, fresh lemon juice, and more.
Recipe: Xoxo Bella
Italian Rice Salad
Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
Recipe: Xoxo Bella
Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
Traditional Caprese Salad Recipe (Insalata Caprese) made with alternating slices of juicy, ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and olive oil. Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free, prepare this easy Caprese Salad in under 10 minutes and enjoy as a light lunch or dinner appetizer.
Recipe: The Forked Spoon
Caprese Salad
This super easy orzo pesto salad will become your go-to fresh pasta salad. It’s as simple as mixing orzo with lots of herby pesto, tomatoes, cheese and olives, is fab for feeding a crowd, keeps really well and is full of Mediterranean flavours everyone will love.
Recipe: Dished By Kate
Orzo Pesto Salad
Italian Octopus Salad Recipe (Insalata Di Polpo)- The combination of flavors in this salad is beautifully balanced. Authentic and delicious!
Recipe: Cucina by Elena
Italian Octopus Salad
Tuscan artichoke salad with garbanzo beans, fire roasted peppers, and herbed vinaigrette! One of the simplest and most delicious salads.
Recipe: A Simple Palate
Tuscan Artichoke Salad
Salty salami, creamy mozzarella, olives, Parm, fresh basil and—oh yeah—some lettuce make this Italian chopped salad recipe truly crush-worthy.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Italian Chopped Salad
Antipasto Pasta Salad with Herby Parmesan Vinaigrette. If you’re searching for a delicious pasta salad, look no further. This is the perfect quick fix salad that’s mayo-free, almost no-cook, comes together in minutes, and is great for warm weather picnics and BBQ’s.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Antipasto Pasta Salad
This Italian Tricolore Salad combines the bold flavors of arugula, radicchio and Belgian endive to represent the colors of the Italian flag. They’re tossed with shaved parmesan and a zesty red wine vinaigrette for an unforgettable salad that comes together in 10 minutes!
Recipe: Flavor The Moments
Italian Tricolore Salad
A Roasted Garlic Italian Couscous Salad that’s light and refreshing! We’re roasting garlic and tomatoes and adding them to pearl couscous with an easy Italian dressing, fresh basil, olives, and fresh mozzarella. The perfect spring side dish!
Recipe: Little Spice Jar
Roasted Garlic Italian Couscous Salad
This Potato Salad with Capers recipe is a creamy, salty, savory take on traditional potato salad. It’s tossed in a homemade mayo-mustard dressing with extra special bits of pickles, scallions and hard-boiled eggs.
Recipe: Foolproof Living
Potato Salad (Insalata di Patate)
This light and vibrant Italian Shaved Zucchini Salad with Feta is a simple dish you can serve on the side of all of your summer favorites. Made with marinated zucchini ribbons, feta, and herbs, it’s a flavorful recipe you can whip up in minutes.
Recipe: Lena's Kitchen Blog
Italian Shaved Zucchini Salad
The sweet citrus paired with the aniseed flavours of fennel makes this salad fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Full of healthy ingredients and quick to prepare, this orange and fennel salad is a great go to dish.
Recipe: A Tasty Kitchen
Orange and Fennel Salad
This burrata caprese salad is the perfect Summer salad, featuring slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata and fresh basil leaves.
Recipe: Our Nourishing Table
Burrata Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
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20+ Italian Salad Recipes

Italian salads are known for their fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and simple elegance. Try this delicious Italian Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people




  • 2 medium heads radicchio (about 1 pound)
  • cup chopped Castelvetrano olives
  • 1 ounce parmesan (finely grated)



  • Discard any browned outer leaves of the radicchio. Quarter the heads, and cut into them at a diagonal to remove the core. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Add radicchio to a salad spinner or a large bowl. Fill bowl with ice water and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the breadcrumbs. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Arrange bread cubes on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Toss until evenly coated. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bread is brown and crisp. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop the cubes on a cutting board or process in a food processor to make coarse crumbs.
  • Make the dressing by adding all ingredients to a small mason jar or small container. Shake to combine, or whisk. Taste, and adjust seasonings with additional salt and pepper, or sugar.
  • Drain the radicchio and spin it dry or pat dry with a large dish towel. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Add olives, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
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Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

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