Salad (Insalata)

Cranberry Vinaigrette

  Fresh cranberries are in season from late October until early winter. They can be stored in the refrigerator for a month or so but, do not wash until you…

Farro Vegetable Salad

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  Emmer wheat, called farro in Italian, is a nutritious grain with a distinctive nutty flavor and chewy texture. Farro is low in fat, high in protein and rich in…

Grilled Vegetable Salad

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  Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different…

Fresh Fennel and Orange Salad

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  Italians characterize fennel (and eggplant) as being either male or female. The “female” fennel has a thick, round, short, stocky bulb that is used raw in salads and also…

Blood Orange Citrus Caprese

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  Winter in Sicily is all about the citrus; Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, kumquats, tangerines and citron. The entire island is covered with citrus trees filling the air with their intoxicating…

Antipasti Pasta Salad

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  All the flavors of an antipasti tray …  in a bowl! This pasta salad is loaded with salami, cheese, garbanzo beans, pepperoncini, olives, cherry tomatoes and more. This is…

Toasted Walnut & Pear Salad

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  Perfectly ripe pears, toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola makes a classic combination of delicious. Cool, crisp and refreshing, this salad is fitting as a first course for an elegant dinner…

Apple & Radicchio Slaw

  Radicchio, that round, red vegetable, (you’ve seen in the produce aisle, not quite sure what it is or what to do with) resembling cabbage, is actually part of the…

Melone e Mozzarella

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  Tuscan melons are a type of cantaloupe … the best type! Originating in Italy, this fruit with the sweet aroma, will seduce your senses, the moment you slice into…

Marinated Melanzane

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  The Italian eggplant (melanzane) is smaller than the American variety, although, both have a shiny, deep purple color. In Sicily, there are small, round eggplants that are mauve-colored with…

Grilled Romaine

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  Salads and Summer go hand-in-hand. There are countless choices from light fresh fruit salads (Watermelon & Gorgonzola with Balsamic Drizzle, Melone e Mozzarella, Gorgonzola e Pera) to substantial main dish types…

Muffuletta Salad

  The quintessential New Orleans sandwich, the muffuletta, is rarely found anywhere outside of the Crescent City. Pronounced “moo-foo-LET-ta,” this deli meat and cheese hero piled with a tangy olive…

Marinated Zucchini Salad

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  This is another one of those recipes that travels well. Whether you’re off to the beach or an extended road trip, salads prepared without mayonnaise have a longer “cooler”…

Cauliflower in Lemon-Caper Sauce

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  Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. The caper bush grows wild on the Italian Islands of Salina (Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily) and Pantelleria (Strait…

Spinaci alla Siciliana

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  This is a classic Sicilian vegetable dish. It can be prepared with spinach, chard, mustard greens (or any other leafy greens). Nutritious and delicious this recipe literally takes only…

Baked Stuffed Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

  Gorgonzola is a straw-white soft cheese with greenish streaks. It’s derived from a process called “erborinatura”, in Italian, meaning creation of molds. This is an ancient cheese and was…

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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  You might not recognize this salad the way it’s presented. I certainly didn’t when it was served to me at a fine restaurant in Las Vegas. I ordered insalata…

Roasted Portabella Salad

  It never ceases to amaze me that some of the highest praised recipes are often the simplest to prepare. This mushroom salad falls into that category. Not only is…