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Beyond Caprese: Italian Summer Salad Recipes

Heirloom Tomato Napoleon Recipe

Probably the most famous Italian summer salad is the Caprese: the classic combo of ripe tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. But Italian cooks are no slouches when it comes to other summer vegetables either. From arugula to zucchini, these simple preparations let the season's best shine through. Let’s just say you’ll miss them when fall arrives.


Shaved Squash Carpaccio with Capers and Ricotta Salata

Refreshing and light, this is a perfect first course for a summer dinner. Make it up to a few hours in advance, keeping it covered and chilled and adding the salt, pepper, cheese, and capers just before serving.

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Arugula Salad with Salami Picante and Pecorino

Salami picante, a chorizo-like salami, provides a spicy counterpoint to the potent arugula, sweet shaved fennel and mellow, nutty pecorino in this salad.

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Tomato & Green Bean Salad with Crisp Prosciutto

Tomatoes and fresh green beans make for a happy marriage in this salad, and the crispy baked prosciutto adds a bit of saltiness and crunch.

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Italian Pasta Salad

Fully equipped with pepperoni sausage, flavor-packed veggies and topped with BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette Dressing, this pasta salad is like no other.

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Dandelion Salad with Pancetta, Eggs, and Croutons

The bitter bite of the Italian leafy greens known as puntarelle is offset by the richness of eggs and bacon. In America, dandelion greens are more readily available, especially at farmers' markets.

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Tomatoes and Burrata with Tapenade

This riff on the Caprese salad swaps in luscious, creamy burrata for the mozzarella, balanced by dabs of briny olive tapenade.

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Grilled Shrimp and Calamari Salad with Arugula

Italy's coastal towns are famous for their refreshing mixes of simply cooked seafood and summer vegetables. If you can't get calamari (or aren't a fan), just substitute more shrimp.

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Grilled Bread Salad With Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

A trip to the grill gives the makings of a classic Italian bread salad—a good crusty loaf of bread, ripe summer tomatoes, and basil—a little smokiness and crisp texture. Because this salad can sit out at room temperature for an hour or two, it’s  perfect for a picnic or barbecue.

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Italian Star Salad

Thanks to BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette Dressing, this salad will be the “star” at your table with the perfect combination of tomato, avocado and bacon.

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Tuscan Grilled Chicken and Pepper Salad

Yellow bell peppers and yellow cherry tomatoes make a stunning salad, but if you can’t find them, simply use more of the red.

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Escarole Salad with Olives and Garlic Croutons

With its garlicky greens, crunchy croutons, and salty anchovies, this salad is reminiscent of a classic Caesar salad but without the creaminess.

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Tomato, Chive & Pine Nut Salad with Gorgonzola Toasts

This salad is gorgeous when you make it with the four colors of tomato, but it’s still excellent if you only use one or two colors.

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Mediterranean Salad

Take a trip to the Mediterranean with BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette Dressing. This simple yet refreshing dish will have you and your guests wanting seconds

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Parmesan Crisps

Here's an impressive and easy way to show off many colors and shapes of heirloom tomatoes: simply stack them with these thin, crunchy one-ingredient Parmesan crisps.

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