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Throw Together Potluck Salad

Updated January 26, 2021
Throw Together Potluck Salad
Throw Together Potluck Salad
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We love this Throw Together Potluck Salad so much, we make it whenever possible! What's not to love about a meaty, cheesy salad tossed in a homemade dressing? Not much, that's for sure! This easy potluck salad recipe is simple to throw together at a moment's notice so long as you have all the ingredients. What's great about this recipe is that many of the ingredients come in cans that can be stored for a while in your pantry, so just stock up and you'll be ready next time you need to bring a dish to a function. Buy your meats, cheese, and lettuce the day of, whip up the homemade vinaigrette, and you'll have a potluck-worthy salad that everyone will want a second helping of.



  • 24 ounces bag of iceberg lettuce
  • 4 ounces Genoa salami, cut into 1.5-inch strips
  • 4 ounces Provolone cheese, cut into 1.5-inch strips
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar pepperoncini, well drained, stemmed and slice in half lengthwise
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, well drained and cut into quarters
  • 1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, well drained and cut into slices
  • 1 (5-3/4-ounce) can pitted black olives
  • Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Using clean hands is a great way to easily combine everything.

  2. Drizzle the salad with 1 cup of the vinaigrette (recipe follows). Toss mixture once more, and then add another cup of dressing (or less, if desired). Serve and enjoy!

  3. For the vinaigrette: Place all ingredients into a pint jar and close tightly. Shake to combine, and be sure to shake again right before serving. Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

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We had ours as a light midday meal with fresh, crunchy Italian bread and, boy, was it good! There's no fuss with the preparation and it's quick to make too. The dressing is also a good combination with the flavors in the salad. This is a dish that you can confidently serve to guests at any occasion.

This potluck salad is a whole meal in itself. I like dishes like that where there is a bit of everything in it. Vegetables, starch and some meat. I always think that iceberg lettuce gets a raw deal as far as lettuces go as it is often not used but I like the crunchiness of iceberg and it is a perfect choice for this recipe.

Ok maybe it's just me but I've always thought hearts of palm was the same as an artichoke until I just googled it and found out that just wasn't the case at all....and they actually come from the center of the palm tree. (hence the I'm such a fan of salads in any way I can get them and love that this is so hearty it's basically a meal by itself.

Simple and delicious! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it

I see big antipasto type salads on restaurant catering menus all the time, and they aren't cheap! This is a great way to please a crowd without breaking the bank! The apple cider house dressing is so versatile, and is a great go - to recipe for many other salads. I just made it for a salad topped with grilled chicken, strawberries, and feta cheese recently and it was great!

I love, love, love this Throw Together Pot Luck Salad. Of course, when I serve it, I call it my Italian Antipasto salad. It has all the ingredients of a classic Italian Antipasto. Mixing it all into a salad makes it so much easier to transport to pot lucks, or serve at your own backyard bar-b-que. There is no limit though to the occasions that this salad will be a welcome addition to.

I'm always looking for easy dishes to take along to a potluck. This one totally fits the bill!


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