Dressing (buy store-bought Olive Garden dressing OR recipe below):
2tablespoonsfreshly grated Parmesan cheese
2tablespoonswhite wine vinegar
1tablespoonfreshly squeezed lemon juice
1packet (.6 ounces)Zesty Italian dressing mixto taste*
Freshly cracked pepper
Spiralize the cucumber or slice into thin rounds if you don't have a spiralizer.
Halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the olives. Thinly slice the red onion and chop the avocado.
Toss the spiralized cucumber with the tomatoes, olives, onion, avocado, banana peppers, and pepperoncinis if desired. Squeeze fresh lemon over salad.
For the dressing: combine all the ingredients in the blender (start with only 1/3 the packet of Italian dressing mix) and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add the dressing mix to personal preference. (We like the whole packet but it is quite salty!) Add a generous pinch of sugar if desired and freshly cracked pepper.
Toss the salad with the dressing & freshly grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy immediately.
Only top the salad with dressing right before enjoying.
*The dressing mix makes the dressing quite salty. If you are concerned about that add just 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, some garlic powder (1/4 tsp), and dried parsley (1/4 tsp.) instead of the dressing mix.