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Basic Italian Salad

About this recipe

If you’re going to be a real wop, you need to know how to make a salad. In Italy, everyone has a garden, which means fresh lettuce available for every meal. We eat lots of salad (you should too).

Instructions

In a large salad bowl, mix together:

  • 2 or 3 types of lettuce (romaine, endive, escarole, Boston, iceberg, leaf, or butter),
  • celery stalks plus the leafy celery hearts (cut up),
  • purple/Italian onion (sliced thick),
  • cucumber (or bell pepper),
  • some nice tomatoes (also cut up).

Then add:

  • a peeled and cut-up orange,
  • maybe some black or green olives.

Drizzle olive oil over lettuce to coat. Then add salt and pepper and toss with your hands (Italian-style). Now it’s time to add some balsamic or red wine vinegar to taste. Keep tossing, tasting, and adding vinegar until you’ve got it just right. 

Notes

  • Instead of an orange, you can use good red grapes (or a little of both). 
  • Don’t be afraid to mix with your hands—you touched the onion, didn’t you?
  • I also like to add some sliced carrot, but it got rejected as part of the official recipe. 
  •  
    You definitely don’t put in fresh mushrooms or those little miniature corn cobs—you’ve got to be kidding.

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