Here’s a salad for the meat lovers out there, and it makes a good meal salad on a warm day, or a starter if you make a smaller portion. If you have vegetarians or non-pork eaters at your table, the salad is also delicious without the salami. You could always add a boiled egg as an alternative.
It’s an easy recipe, and just requires a bit of chopping. The dressing can be made a day ahead to speed things up.
I visited an Italian specialty store to find the ingredients, but you should be able to find similar items at your local grocery store.
I found this Nancy Silverton recipe on the Food & Wine site, and served it with a lovely homemade no-knead focaccia and a crisp white wine. I halved the recipe, and my version feeds four people. The only change I made to the recipe was to add the salami to the top instead of mixing it in with the dressing. That way it can be left off for people who don’t want any, or want less meat; I think it looks nicer with the salami on top for presenting family-style on the table.
What you need:
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons green-olive tapenade
- 2 tablespoons peperoncini—stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cups bocconcini
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt to taste
- freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 small head of iceberg lettuce, halved, cored and finely shredded (about 2 cups)
- 85 grams (3 oz) thinly sliced Genoa salami, cut into thin strips (about 3/4 cup)
- 6 small basil leaves
- 1/4 cup of your favourite green olives
What you do:
- Combine the tapenade, peperocini and half of the olive oil in a bowl, then toss the bocconcini in it. This can be refrigerated and used later or the next day.
- In another bowl combine the lemon juice, vinegar, garlic and oregano. Whisk in the remaining half of the olive oil, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place the shredded lettuce in a large bowl, then add the marinated bocconcini and half of the salad dressing. Toss well, then plate the salad on a large platter.
- Add the salami strips to the top of the salad and top it with the basil and olives. Drizzle on a little bit more dressing, and serve immediately.