Pagliacci Style Chopped Salad

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By Shannon O'Donnell

Like most kids that attend the University of Washington in Seattle, I fell in love with Pagliacci Pizza by the middle of my freshman year.  Squarely planted on 'The Ave' (formally known as University Way), Pagliacci's University District storefront serves to convert thousands of  Huskies into 'Pags fans' each year.  Not only is their pizza unbeatable, but I love love LOVE their Pagliacci Salad.  I moved away to San Francisco after graduation, and while I couldn't replicate the pizza, I was able to concoct a similar rendition of their house salad.

PAGLIACCI STYLE CHOPPED SALAD

1 head chopped romaine
1/2 cup chopped dry wine salami
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 sweet red pepper, finely chopped
1 cup grated mozzarella

Toss with light caesar dressing mixed with a bit of Dijon mustard to taste.  Pagliacci uses a 'dijon vinaigrette', and this is the closest I've been able to find in terms of replicating the flavor.  Also, Pagliacci's version includes 'kasseri' cheese, but mozzarella is easier to find and works out just fine.  Serves about 4.

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When she's not forecasting, Shannon O'Donnell enjoys putting together tasty, season-appropriate meals and goodies for her friends and family.

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