Insalata Verde

The secret to enjoying salad the Italian way: salt to season, right at the table.

December 2007 | By
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December 2007

This is the way Italians enjoy their salad: Tossing the greens in good quality, fruity extra virgin olive oil, some lemon juice, and just salt to season, right at the table.  You may replace the lemon with some balsamico or wine vinegar for a more acidic taste, but take note that nothing to sweeten the dressing is ever added. This is where the quality of the virgin olive oil is of utmost importance.  Read about this recipe's author, here:  Margarita Fores
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Serves 6 to 8 
Prep Time
5 minutes


800 grams mixed greens
      like oakleaf, romaine, rucola,
      lola rossa, watercress
3 tablespoons lemon juice or
      balsamico or white wine vinegar
coarse salt to taste
6 tablespoons very good quality
      extra-virgin olive oil
black pepper, freshly ground


Dissolve the coarse salt in the acid-lemon juice or vinegar, and stir.

2  Add extra virgin olive oil  and stir quickly, then add the dressing to the greens in a salad bowl. Toss gently till dressing is spread evenly

Season with freshly ground black pepper and serve.



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