Isn’t it amazing how you can turn a dull and boring meal into something wonderful with a little imagination and a few extra ingredients? Well, we think we’ve eliminated dull and boring salads by selecting the finest combination of ingredients that makes this an amazing salad, which can be enjoyed on it’s own or as a garnish which can accompany many meats or fish. Try it any time of year.



4 Servings

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

1 minute!


433 kcal


  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce

  • 1 cup pitted black olives

  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 mild pepperoncini peppers

  • 1 medium tomato, diced

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

  • Fine sea salt and ground black pepper

  • ½ batch Italian Dressing

  • 1 aged Gouda or Parmesan cheese rind, about 3½ inches wide and ½ inch thick


  • Make the croutons:
    Using a 1/4-inch square cutter, cut the cheese rind into 14 1-inch squares. Place the squares about 2 inches apart on a microwavable plate. Microwave for 1 minute on high, or until the squares puff up to about twice their original size. Allow to cool completely before using. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • In a large serving bowl, place the lettuce. Add the black olives, red onion slices, pepperoncini, diced tomato, and keto croutons on top. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with grated Parmesan, keeping in mind that the Parmesan will add saltiness. Serve with the dressing on the side.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories433
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.4g 6%
    • Saturated Fat 7.1g 36%
  • Sodium 1010mg 43%
  • Total Carbohydrate 22.2g 8%
    • Sugars 4.6g
  • Protein 14.5g 29%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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