Hello all– We have friends who have set out for 3 weeks in Italy with all their kids and a grand-baby in tow. I’m trying, really, to not be too jealous as their photos along Venice’ canals slide down my facebook page. I think they are having a grand time there together! I can imagine them sampling fried zucchini blossoms or saltimbocca or my favorite “Crema del Doge” gelato. So for lunch, to summon up a little bit of Italy for us at home, I put together an Italian-ish salad—
ITALIAN LUNCH SALAD
4 slices turkey ham, cut to small bits
1/2 head leaf lettuce
1 14 oz. can cannellini beans
1/4 cup chopped read bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 tab. grated parmesan
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tab. white balsamic vinegar
garlic salt & fresh pepper to taste
In a nonstick pan, grill up the bits of ham. While that’s cooking layer the lettuce, cannellini beans, olives, pepper, basil, crispy ham, pepperonici and top with a sprinkle of parmesan. Then in a container with a tight lid shake together the oil, vinegar and salt & pepper. Drizzle it over the salad just before you set it on the table.
Serve it up with a substantial loaf of bread and some lovely gelato for dessert.