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Category: INSALATA-SALADS

This is my Father’s famous and secret recipe! I grew eating this amazing salad every Sunday with our big family dinner. My Dad would make it tableside, using two forks to mash the ingredients into the best Caesar Dressing ever. By the time my little brother, Mario, was eight years old, he could make this dressing almost as well as my Dad. My version is made in a blender, and I like to use 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Be sure to top this salad with Homemade Croutons, lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and freshly cracked pepper, and don’t forget the Madrevite Che Syrah Syrah!

This is my take of a classic American Chopped Salad with an Italian twist. I often sub out ingredients that I do not have on hand and use whatever I can find in my kitchen. Be creative and have fun! A glass of Centanni Pecorino pairs beautifully with this tasty salad.

Two of my favorites things, artichokes and Burrata, are married together in this not only flavorful but gorgeous salad. Since I use savory canned artichoke bottoms and always have homemade pesto sauce in the freezer, this recipe can be whipped up in minutes. Enjoy with a crisp glass of slightly effervescent Madrevite Elve’ 100% Grechetto.

A chilled glass of Lumavite La Frenios Falerio is the perfect wine to pair with this Italian antipasto style salad. The salty nuttiness of the Prosciutto with the creamy Cannellini beans anchors this salad. The crunch of the carrots, spiciness from the Pepperoncini, and the tang from the goat cheese create a mouth-watering scrumptious salad.

Orzo is a pasta shaped like a grain of rice and is an extremely versatile pasta to cook. It is often added to soups to Italy. As much as I enjoy eating Orzo hot, it is especially tasty mixed in with different vegetables to create a cold salad like this Orzo Insalata Estivo, Summer Orzo Salad. It is the perfect dish on a warm day. Be sure to serve a chilled glass of Madrevite Cosa Gamay with this refreshing and satisfying salad.

Napolitas are the paddles of the prickly pear cactus, a sought after food very popular in southern Italy, especially Sicily. The prickly pear fruits called Fichi di India are equally loved. One day while I was hiking in desertous terrain, avoiding the thorns of the prickly pear cacti, I remembered this refreshing Sicilian salad I enjoyed while visiting the island one hot summer. A chilled glass of Valente Emozione Number 1 Montonico is the perfect wine to pair with this exotic salad.

This gorgeous salad transports me to the charming Tuscan port town of Santo Stefano, where I sampled this Mediterranean salad for the first time. I like to add cannellini beans and tuna if I am serving this as a main course. Either way, it is a crisp and glorious salad to enjoy year-round. Have a glass of Poggio Grande Syrah with this delectable salad.

Rustica means rustic in Italian. When I hear the word rustica, I think of a quaint little hole in the wall trattoria off the beaten path that has been family-run for generations and generations with the most outstanding homemade food. I have been lucky enough to stumble upon these restaurants hundreds of times. I remember them all with very fond memories. This wholesome and nutritious salad is a version of a traditional mixed salad that trattoria’s across Italy serve to their patrons. Enjoy with a glass of Centani Falerio.

One of my favorite salads found on most lunch menus at a Pizzeria or Osteria is a simple salad made up red and green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, olives, red onions, and tuna preserved in olive oil. It is a light and satisfying entree salad, deliciously paired with a chilled glass of Centanni Falerio. The best part about this salad is you won’t feel guilty when you stroll into the Gelateria for dessert.

This is a traditional bean salad I always see on antipasto tables all over Italy. Have fun experimenting with different types of beans, I cheat and use organic canned beans, but it is still every bit as good! I like to enjoy a glass of Poggio Grande Tagete with this refreshing salad. I sometimes toss some Italian canned tuna in to make it more filling.

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