salad

Antipasto Salad

Total: 35 min
Active: 25 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed and leaves chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Antipasto Salad:

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup hard salami, cut into strips (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup smoked turkey, cut into strips (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup provolone cheese, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 2 tablespoons green olives, halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, cut into strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Vinaigrette: In a blender, add the basil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped. With the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is smooth.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

In a large bowl, toss together the cooked pasta with the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Serve.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Prep: 25 m
Cook: 5 m
Ready In: 3 h 30 m

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup seedless grapes
  • 2 cups blueberries

Directions

  • Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.
  • Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Source: allrecipes.com