In the midst of summer, it is easy to turn to simple salad recipes. They don’t require any cooking or any intense preparation, and can be assembled (and eaten!) within minutes. Plus, a nice cool salad is perfectly refreshing on a warm summer day!
Move Over Lettuce Leaves…
While I eat lots of green salads, I like to mix things up once in a while to enjoy a more decadent salad. Because lettuce leaves are not always that filling! I tend to lean towards more composed salads that use some fancier ingredients. Mozzarella and prosciutto are definitely very decadent, and I could probably just eat these two on their own. But adding in some sweet summer figs and basil make this salad a bit healthier and really bring the flavours together. Topped with some creamy olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt, and you have a fantastic Italian-inspired summer salad!
I picked up my fresh mozzarella and prosciutto from my favourite Italian shop in Victoria, Italian Food Imports. They have a great selection of cured meats, cheeses, pasta, olives, and even make fresh sandwiches there as well! While the foodstuffs weren’t produced locally (mozzarella was from Ontario and the prosciutto and olive oil were from Italy), I was happy to support one of my favourite local businesses. The figs and the basil were local however, as the figs were from a co-worker, and the basil fresh from my garden!
Recipe: Italian Fig Salad
- 8-12 fresh figs, quartered
- 1 large mozzarella ball (about 1 cup total), torn into bite-sized pieces
- 4-6 slices prosciutto, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 4-6 basil leaves, sliced thinly
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
Arrange the fresh figs, mozzarella pieces, prosciutto and basil leaves on a large platter. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with salt. Serve immediately and enjoy!