Monday, August 31, 2015

{Recipe} Italian Antipasto Salad - PLUS Enter to Win a Trip for 2 to Italy!




My Italian grandmother was the ultimate hostess. There are not many dinners I can remember having at her house where appetizers were not served. In classic Italian style, she often laid out antipasto platters (antipasto is Italian for "before the meal") full of olives, salami and marinated vegetables for grazing. Many times, though, she would lay out a different appetizer and then serve the classic Italian antipasto ingredients in salad form.

My grandmother's antipasto salad was so delicious and full of flavor - but light at the same time due to not being weighed down with heavy or creamy dressings. We usually ate it as a salad course but you can make a large helping of this salad and serve it as the entree as well. It's the perfect no-cook meal for busy school nights or warm summer and fall evenings when you don't want to cook.

Cost Plus World Market recently approached me and asked if I would share one of my favorite Italian recipes with you to help promote their gourmet giveaway sweepstakes (below!) and of course I said YES!

Ingredients

*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.



The beautiful thing about this salad is that you start with a base of lettuce, tomatoes, salami, olives and artichoke hearts and then add nothing else, everything else or just a few more things! The salad can be different each time but still delicious! Be sure to visit World Market to see their selection of Italian foods and other International foods to help you plan your perfect meal. 




Directions

  1. Wash and spin dry your lettuce. Tear into bite size pieces. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add washed baby tomatoes, salami and mozzarella and toss.
  3. Add artichoke hearts and any other wet (marinated or pickled) vegetables. Tear or cut veggies into smaller pieces as needed.
  4. Toss the salad and assess how wet the lettuce is. Most of the flavor in the salad should come from the marinated vegetables and their juices - of course how much there is will vary based on how many vegetables you add! Add a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Toss and add more if needed.
  5. Finish with a light sprinkling of freshly ground sea salt


Pictured product credit:
Plates: Nantucket salad plates from Cost Plus World Market • Fresh salad ingredients: Whole Foods • Salami: Columbus Salami from Cost Plus World Market • Marinated and pickled vegetables: Various (see links in ingredients list) from Cost Plus World Market • Olive wood salad tongs: Olive wood spoon (2) from Cost Plus World Market • Table: White Camille Dining Table from Cost Plus World Market • Salad bowl: Flared Glass Salad Bowl from Cost Plus World Market • Knife: Santoku knife from Pampered Chef



Gourmet Getaway!

Now, Italian recipes are great but what's even better? How about a trip to Italy!?!

World Market is partnering with ABC's The Chew to bring you an opportunity to visit Italy in serious style - plus win a $1000 World Market Gift Card. 

If you are not already familiar with The Chew, be sure to check them out mid day on ABC. They cover cooking, home entertaining, food trends, crafts and more. Plus they have an awesome panel of celebrity chefs, entertaining expert, Clinton Kelly and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.

Also? Can I confess that one of my fantasies is to be on The Chew one day? Because it is! In my wildest dreams, I would wow them with some awesome home DIY tutorial or an easy Italian recipe that even Mario Batali would love. My five year old would be amazed (he loves The Chew, too!). True story.

But enough about me....be sure to pop over the World Market sweepstakes website to enter to win! 


Taste of Italy

Helping me promote this sweepstakes from The Chew and World Market are several other bloggers who have whipped up fabulous Italian appetizers and starter courses as well. Visit them below to see what they're cooking!


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