Rustica means rustic in Italian. When I hear the word rustica, I think of a quaint little hole in the wall trattoria off the beaten path that has been family-run for generations and generations with the most outstanding homemade food. I have been lucky enough to stumble upon these restaurants hundreds of times. I remember them all with very fond memories. This wholesome and nutritious salad is a version of a traditional mixed salad that trattoria’s across Italy serve to their patrons. Enjoy with a glass of Centani Falerio.
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1 Head of Hearts of Romaine, cleaned, dried, and chopped roughly
1/2 a Red or Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped roughly
1/2 an English Cucumber, sliced into quarters
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Grilled Artichoke Hearts
4 tablespoons Homemade Italian Dressing, see recipe