I'm use to eating salad as an appetizer but have slightly revised this course of meal since meeting my husband & the DeMaria clan. They eat salad LAST or "Il contorno" (meaning side dish or salad) before dessert.
Tonight I made Balsamic Steak with Ridicchio (this is a keeper & will recur in our home) & il contorni di funghi which sounds so good in Italian but is simply, a Mushroom Side with a Vinaigrette. My hubby's family serves it more at room temperature so it is like a salad.
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano or fresh parsley
Whisk all ingredients together. Pour over salad or side.
Hubby's family like this on sliced mushrooms or on fresh green beans.