May is National Salad Month! Why not liven up your meals by trying out a new salad? From the beautiful valleys of Tuscany to the Mediterranean Sea, these Italian salad recipes will be sure to liven up your next springtime dinner party.
Garlic Caesar Salad
Liven up your classic Caesar in a couple easy ways to keep things tasty and new. The important thing here is the dressing: combine ¼ cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese, 1 anchovy fillet, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar, 1 smashed clove of garlic, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and of Tabasco. Add pepper to taste and dress uncut romaine hearts. Top with shaved parmesan cheese and anchovy fillets.
Chopped Italian Salad
This recipe takes a modern twist on a classic staple of the everyday dinner table. Assembling this dish cannot get any easier. Cut a head or two of romaine lettuce into squares and mix with your favorite antipasto ingredients. We chose to make this dish with sliced pepperoni, drained and sliced pimientos, some red onion, and chopped artichoke hearts. These ingredients are so delectable on their own and they heighten each other’s flavors when mixed together. This salad is great with a very simple dressing: 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ cup of parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste
Anchovy and Roasted Pepper Salad
Why not mix things up with a warm salad with your next dinner? Warm salads are unexpected and will liven up your next dinner party. Roast a couple of red peppers over a flame until charred, then discard the skin, stems, and seeds. Cut the roasted peppers into strips. Combine with anchovies, olives, capers, and garlic for a delicious side dish. When you are ready to serve, dress the salad with red wine vinegar and olive oil, and top with fresh goat cheese for a tart surprise.
Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Let Basta Pasta Treat You!
If you need a night off, come to Basta Pasta for a fantastic meal. For more than 12 years, Basta Pasta has given Maryland diners delicious Italian food from local and fresh ingredients. Enjoy delicious pasta dishes, unlimited salad and breadsticks, and fine wine at one of our locations in Timonium, Fallston, Perry Hall, or Eldersburg. Contact us online or give us a call at the location-specific phone number listed here. Read our menu and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! If you don’t feel like going out, order our signature crab cakes online and enjoy delicious Basta Pasta from home!