I promised you fresh summer recipes, so I’m delivering fresh summer recipes! Every time I make this salad, it’s always one of my favorite things on the plate. This recipe is hardly a recipe at all. It only has three ingredients, is incredibly easy to make, and it is oh so good (and good for you!). The recipe for Davide’s Salad comes from our host in Italy, Davide. This is the quintessential southern Italian side salad and I’m going to teach you how to make it!
Just like all southern Italian food, Davide’s Salad is simple. And incredibly easy. Almost stupid easy.
Seriously, you’ll think I’m joking when I tell you how to make it.
After Davide gave us the instructions on how to make his favorite salad I thought he was holding back a secret ingredient or two. By the way, if you missed the post where I talk about our time in Italy and our amazing host, Davide, you can read all about it here.
Being the good American that I am, I’ve tried to spice up this Italian favorite on multiple occasions. Once I tried with a squeeze of lemon juice, another time I threw in some olives, and in a dark, confused moment I even tossed in a tomato at some point. I just never learn. Despite my best attempts at Americanizing to this simple salad, nothing was nearly as good as the original.
But really, this salad is so so good. It’s become a staple in our house and I’m willing to bet it will become a staple in yours.
The Italians have it figured out. When it comes to their food, simple is always better.
To make Davide’s Salad:
Chop 2 rinsed medium hearts of romaine into bite sized pieces. You should end up with about 5 packed cups of lettuce.
Put the lettuce in a big bowl and drizzle in a tablespoon and a half of olive oil, then sprinkle in 1/2 tsp of salt (you can add less if you prefer).
Toss everything together and serve!
Yes, that’s really it.
I told you it was easy!
Even though it’s crazy easy, it’s also crazy delicious. That’s kind of the essence of Italian cooking. Don’t make it complicated and let the ingredients speak for themselves.
- 2 medium hearts of romaine, rinsed
- 1.5 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Chop the hearts of romaine into bite sized pieces. You should end up with about 5 packed cups of lettuce.
- Put the lettuce in a big bowl and drizzle in the olive oil and sprinkle in the salt (you can add less if you prefer).
- Toss everything together and serve!
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