Saturday, July 2, 2011

Carmela Soprano's Red, White and Green Salad

No kidding.
This is a real recipe.
I didn't make it up for the Fourth of July.

Well, these are the colors of the Italian flag.
What could they use for the American flag.... blueberries?

Maybe not.

In the Graduation Parties chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with the Sopranos, there's a recipe for a Red, White and Green Salad.  
It's a nice, simple recipe.
Perfect for a holiday weekend.
Or a graduation party.
Anytime you have a crowd, I guess.

So why'd he pick a graduation chapter?
Who knows.
I still have my doubts about that editor. 

                              Red, White and Green Salad 

Tear into bit-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl
1 head green leaf lettuce, trimmed, washed and dried
1 large head radicchio, trimmed, washed and dried
(You'll have about 8 cups - this salad will feed 8 to 10 people.)

Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
3 Belgian endives, trimmed, washed and dried
Add to the bowl.

Shake together in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid
1/3 Cup olive oil
2 - 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper

Just before serving, shake the dressing, drizzle over the salad.
Toss well.  Check seasoning.  Serve immediately.

Nice recipe to have when tomatoes aren't on sale.
Then again, the radicchio might be hard to find.
Well, nothing's perfect.

Would I make Red, White and Green Salad again?
Not exactly.
The radicchio was a hassle to find.
Life's too short to go crazy over radicchio.
Nice recipe idea, though.
Maybe with some red cabbage?

Another recipe down.  Fourteen more to go. 

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