Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cooking: Italian Marinated Vegetable Salad

I love salads, especially in the summer. My mother-in-law brought some great marinated vegetables to our Fourth of July celebration and this weekend I had a hankering to knock them off. She doesn't typically use a recipe, something I'm trying to do more, but I confess I do like to write things down when I do them so I can duplicate it, and because it seems I too easily forget about good options I've made in the past.

So here it is, a recipe for a simple marinated salad. The thing that makes this good  is the selection of vegetables--I especially love heart of palm. And please note this salad needs to be made at least one day ahead in order to marinate.
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts (or you can use frozen--I combined)
  • 1 can heart of palm, sliced into 1/4" thick rounds
  • 2-3 cups quartered mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 cup Italian (flat leaf) parsley
  • 2T fresh basil chopped
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • equal parts good olive oil and red wine vinegar (you need enough to cover the vegetables generously)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Mix the vegetables and fresh herbs together in a ziploc bag. Mix the remaining ingredients for the vinaigrette in a bowl (dried hers, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper) and then pour into bag. Refrigerate turning occasionally for at least 24 hours. I think it's even better after 48 hours. When ready, pour into a serving dish and serve cold or room temperature.

This is a great salad to make in a larger quantity and keep on hand to accompany sandwiches for lunch or something grilled for dinner.


Bron @ Baby Space said...

Looks mouth-wateringly delish!

Thecitycradle said...

Oh, my... That looks good, I will have to try it soon!

Rafahi Family said...

I have a recipe similar to that, but it has rotini pasta and chicken added to it. (Protein is always good when you are a diabetic.) Your recipe looks so good, I will have to try it when my gestational diabetes is gone. :-)

Karin van D. said...

that looks and sounds delicious!

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