No. 1 : Quick Recipe

Antipasto Salad with Tomato Basil Dressing

  • 1 (15 OZ) Can Cannellini Beans, Rinsed and Drained
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 4 – 6 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Cup Green or Black Olives
  • 1 English Cucumber, Sliced
  • 6 – 8 Toasted Bread Slices
  • 1 Cup Roasted Red Pepper Strips
  • Ribbons of Asiago or Parmesan, made with a peeler
  • 6 Slices Prosciutto

Step One

In a small bowl, mix the beans, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, oil and lemon juice together.

Step Two

Spread the spinach out on a small platter and place the bean salad in the middle. Ad the tomatoes, olives, cucumber, bread, red pepper, and cheese around it.

Step Three

Crisp the prosciutto in a skillet on the cooktop, over medium high heat. Cool, crumble coarsely and place on the salad. Serve the salad with tongs so each person can make their own salad. Serve the dressing in a pitcher on the side.

No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop

Tomato Basil Dressing

  • 1 Large Ripe Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 2 TBs Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Avocado or Olive Oil Mayo
  • ¼ Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 TB Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Each Sea Salt and Pepper

In a food processor, puree all the ingredients. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

No. 3 : Clever Idea

This is the kind of antipasto that you will find all over Italy. Small bites of yummy, all ready to share with your table. Light and delicious, you can make it dinner, too!

No. 4 : Cheers

Nostra Nerello Mascalese
About $15

Nerello Mascalese is not a wine name that rolls off the tongue very easily, but with its fresh tasting black and red cherry fruit aromas and flavors, its very drinkable, perfect for a light antipasto and all the way through a red-sauced pasta dinner. Azienda Agricole Cortese,  behind this ruby red quaffer, has been given a reboot with creative new owners from Northern Italy. The wine is made with purchased organic grapes, (normally grown in Etna), and the fun bottle displays a graphic of an agave plant,  a symbol of the Sicilian landscape. 

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