5 Minute Italian Salad (Ledo Pizza’s House Dressing Copycat)

Who here knows of Ledo Pizza?

It’s literally the. best. pizza. ever.

It’s an east coast thing really and actually mostly a Maryland thing! The first Ledo’s opened up near University of Maryland and while locations have spread up and down the east coast, most locations are in Maryland.

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Unfortunately today I haven’t come up with a magically “healthified” version of their glorious square pizza, but I have created a homemade version of the salad we got every time we went which includes an amazing house dressing.

So basically, until I come up with the perfect copycat version of their pizza (which will be never), if you’re ever in Maryland or on the east coast and see a Ledo’s, go in!

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As for the salad, this one is amazing because if you already have everything on hand, it will literally take you 5 minutes to put together.

Okay, 5 minutes to put together a salad doesn’t sound that impressive but with these toppings, this salad can act as a main dish and will satisfy you completely. I ate an average sized portion of this for dinner, was completely full, and had no desire for more!

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To save you time, I have eliminated nearly all chopping from this salad, except maybe your cheese or meats if they don’t come chopped. I even went for bagged, pre-cut salad myself, so just rinse your veggies and throw all of this together!

Here we go:


For the salad:

18 ounces of romaine (approximately 2 bags of pre-chopped salad)

1/2 to 3/4 cups of the following toppings:

  • provolone slices
  • cherry tomatoes
  • banana peppers
  • green olives
  • pepperoni
  • prosciutto
  • ham

1/4 cup shredded parmesan and romano cheese

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For the dressing:

3 oz. olive oil

5 oz. red wine vinegar

1/2 tbs garlic powder

1/2 tbs dried oregano

1/2 tbs dried basil

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbs dijon mustard


1. Chop any salad ingredients that are not pre-chopped.

2. Combine all salad ingredients in large dish.

3. Mix all salad dressing ingredients together and whisk or shake well to combine.

4. Top with salad dressing and serve! Easy peasy!

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The dressing comes pretty damn close to Ledo’s famous house dressing and I finally found a homemade dressing that I actually like!
It brings me right back to the days where my family and I would go out to dinner and order a half olive (for my mom and I), half pepperoni (for my sister and dad) square pizza, then my ten year old self would ask for an extra bowl of olives for just myself… okay. Now I want pizza. Gotta go eat some more Ledo’s salad.

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