Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries~ Italy Part 1: Rome

 

Ciao! We just returned from the most fabulous trip to Italy. I have never been to Europe so my husband planned a trip for my 52nd birthday…which happened to fall on Mother’s day. We started our vacation in Rome. It is a very romantic city with narrow streets, charming old apartment buildings with terraces, balconies and window boxes spilling over with flowers, and of course some pretty delicious food. I came home inspired by the sights, the ambiance and the friendly, beautiful people! So inspired in fact that I came up with a new salad recipe that reminds me of Rome. The colors, the romance, the flavor…this is The Organic Kitchen “Roma Salad”.

Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries

It may be surprising to you that Italy doesn’t have a whole love of variety when it comes to salad. Every restaurant in every city we visited, whether a casual cafe or a swanky establishment offered only greens in a bowl with a bottle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the side so you could dress the salad yourself. Nothing fancy, maybe if you got lucky there would be sliced carrots and a tomato wedge. Needless to say I missed my salads! But the lack of salad was more than made up for by the fabulous breads, pasta and grilled vegetables we ate at almost every meal!

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We stayed at the beautiful Portrait Hotel near the Spanish Steps in downtown Rome. We spent our days walking through the city, visiting museums, Vatican City and the ruins of the Colosseum and Forum. The highlight of our 3 days in Rome was seeing Michelangelo’s Pieta. It literally brought tears to my eyes.

If you would like to see a 30 second video of just a few of the 1800 photographs we took, click—> HERE

 

The Organic Kitchen Roma Salad is a quick and easy salad to make. What makes it really special though is the dressing, specifically the vinegar. It is called Prelibato and comes from Italy (big surprise). It by far the best white balsamic I have ever tasted, smooth and creamy with no acidic aftertaste! (affiliate links)

Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries

 

The Recipe: The Organic Kitchen Roma Salad

4 cups baby spring mix
1 cup watermelon, diced small (1/2″)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta (optional for my vegan friends or those living dairy free)
6 mint leaves, chopped

Place all ingredients on a platter, dress, toss, finish with a pinch or two of sea salt. OR place greens on individual plates, top with watermelon, strawberries, feta and walnuts, drizzle with white balsamic and finish by placing a pinch of sea salt between your thumb and index finger and sprinkle a little on each salad.

Dressing

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T White Balsamic (I use Prelibato by Malphigi)
1 pinch sea salt (I use Maldon Flaked Sea Salt)
a few turns freshly ground pepper (love this pepper grinder)
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Place all ingredients in a container and shake or whisk.

Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries

Next week I will be sharing a Focaccia recipe from a cooking class we took in Positano! If you would like more recipes like this one please take a look at my cookbooks available in PDF for computer, iOS for iPad and iPhone and hardcover!

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3 thoughts on “Greens with Watermelon and Strawberries~ Italy Part 1: Rome

  1. So simple! I really like the simple salads vs super extravagant ones. I loved following your trip on Instagram (& the celebrity sightings!).

    • Haha! Yes I did have two rather interesting celebrity encounters. I am the only one that never slept on the plane and I can assure you celebrities snore just like everyone else:)

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