If you love figs, you will love this vinegar.  The fresh, all-natural, full-pulp flavor is wonderful on salads with shaved Reggiano cheese, with blue cheese and - of course - drizzled over fresh figs.
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A simple green salad may be eaten with or after the main course in Italy.
With the addition of cheese, seafood, chicken, or eggs, a green, pasta,
or grain salad may be served as a main course.
Salad Greens
Seafood Salad
Seafood Salad
This Italian seafood salad is filled with the flavors of the sea.    It is wonderful dinner entrĂ©e on a warm summer evening.  Seafood salad can also be served as part of a tradtional Christmas Eve dinner.
Salad Greens
Find out about the  4 types of lettuce and variety of different salad greens to choose from when making a tossed salad.

Salad Greens  >>
Salad Dressing
Homemade Salad Dressings
Making your own salad dressing is convenient and less expensive than buying bottled dressing.  Here are 24 homemade salad dressing recipes, including vinaigrettes and creamy salad dressings.

Salad Dressing Recipes  >>
Italian Green Salads
Burrata Salad
Leafy green salads with Italian ingredients, such as burrata cheese, grilled escarole salad, arugula and figs, spinach salad with prosciutto, roasted beet salad, and more ...

Green Salad Recipes >>
Tuna, Broccoli, and Olive Pasta Salad
Pasta Salads
Pasta salads are great for summer cook-outs, picnics, and simple family meals but they are wonderful, satisfying dishes year-round.

Pasta Salad Recipes  >>
Siciilian Potato and Green Bean Salad
Potato Salads
Potato salad recipes include classic potato salad, salads with roasted potatoes, deviled potatoes, sweet potatoes, a warm potato salad, a caesar-style potato salad. and Sicilian potato salad with green beans.

Potato Salad Recipes  >>
Farro and Shrimp Salad
Rice and Grain Salads
Rice and grain salads are easy to cook, taste good, and can be prepared a day or more in advance.  They are nice for a light lunch or dinner or as a side dish.

Rice and Grain Salad Recipes >>
Farro Salad Recipes  >>
Shrimp Salad with Croutons
Summer Dinner Salads
Summer is the perfect time for serving dinner salads. Dinner salads are a great way to use up leftover chicken or steak.  Here are 5 of our favorites.

Dinner Salad Recipes  >>
Panzanella - Bread Salad
Panzanella is a bread salad from Tuscany.  It makes a nice main course salad or can also be sevred as an antipasto.

Panzanella Recipe  >>
Giardiniera (pronounced jar-din-AIR-a) is a crunchy mix of pickled vegetables which usually include cauliflower, carrots, and peppers.  It may be eaten anpart of an antipasto platter or as a side salad with or on a sandwich.

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1.  When making a salad, check what is on sale and what looks best at the market.  Almost all salad recipes can be modified to incorporate different ingredients.

2.  Add some crunch to your salad with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cooked bacon, toasted nuts, or French fried onions.  Add them right before serving so that they stay crunchy. 

3.  Don't be afraid to substitute low fat ingredients in most salad recipes.  Low fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and plain yougurt can be used in most recipes with excellent results.
Clear plastic container with a sealed lid that will keep your salads fresher longer. It can also be used to store other vegetables.
Calamari Salad
Neapolitan Christmas Salad
Crunchy homemade croutons add richness and texture to salads, soups, and pasta.
Use a crusty, Italian (or similar) bread that is a day or 2 old.  You only need to use a few slices. Cut the slices into cubes; you can make them as large or small as you like.  Slice a garlic clove into 2 to 3 pieces.

Coat the bottom of a skillet with some olive oil and add the garlic slices.  Heat the skillet over medium-high heat.  When the garlic starts to sizzle, add the bread cubes. Stir them once to coat the cubes with the oil and then just allow them to cook. Turn them occasionally so that they brown evenly on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes.  Add more oil if the skillet gets too dry. Remove and discard the garlic slices when they start to brown.

Transfer the croutons to a plate and sprinkle them lightly with grated Parmesan cheese.  You can serve them with a salad immediately or allow them to sit for up to 30 minutes. 

You can also make the croutons in the oven.  Cut the bread into cubes, toss with some olive oil, place on a baking sheet, and bake in a 400 degrees F oven until crisp, about 8 minutes.
Winter Salads
Winter Salads
These salad recipes feature vegetables and fruits are are more commonly available in the fall and winter months. 

Winter Salad Recipes  >>
Sometimes fennel can be a little difficult to slice thinly because of its shape.  For best results, use a mandoline.