My Ex Father in-laws Salad still makes us a family.

by Cassie Roark
(Baldwinville, MA)

For almost nine years I was married to a man who was and still is my best friend. Unfortunately, we had to divorce due to his many issues with drugs and alcohol. His parents were wonderful people who I enjoyed going over for Sunday dinner with and my ex father-in-law Joe made the most delicious salad. Now I am living another life, but once in a while we would get together for dinner, and he will make this salad with a wonderful steak. It reminds me of a happier time in my life, but also reminds me that while I am not with his son anymore, I am still part of the family.

Joe's Italian Salad


  • 2 Heads of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/4 cup olives (we us green salad olives)
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 14.5 oz Can of Petite diced tomatoes with sweet onions (juice drained out)


  • Mix everything but the lettuce and allow to sit for at least a hour.
  • Coarsely chop the Lettuce and mix in the olive mixture. Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

    Serves 6-8 people

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