Antipasto Salad

July 5, 2012 · 9 comments

in italian,quick and easy,salads

Do you get irrationally annoyed when people say stuff like, “Hot enough for ya?”

Because I do. Chances are that person is the third to say that phrase to you on any given (hot) day, but they think they’re the first person to ever utter such a hilarious comment. I put this phrase in the same category as “See you next year!” on new year’s eve because I’m always like…really? Or maybe I’m just crabby because of the excessive heat.

To answer the question (?), yes. It’s hot enough for me. It is way, way too damned hot for me. Temperatures should not contain a third digit unless they refer to whether or not meat is cooked through.

We have air, but by the time I get home from work (which includes a 5 block walk in ungodly heat), it kind of sucks to cook over a stove. And most of my weekday cooking is over a stove, because generally things that get cooked in the oven take longer, and I don’t have a lot of time during the week.

So, we’ve been eating our fair amount of salads, from fattoush, to southwestern-y types, to this antipasto.

In high school, I frequented a local pizza chain called Buddy’s, which was pretty great (why don’t more people make square pizzas, by the way? They’re awesome). I liked their pizza but whenever I went for lunch, I pretty much always got an antipasto salad, which came with Buddy bread and it was basically the best lunch ever. It had tomatoes, a ton of cheese, some salami, some ham, and a light vinaigrette.

Now, like everything “ethnic” I make (is this really Italian? I have no clue) I make no claims about authenticity. I know that salads like this can contain everything from pepperoni to artichoke hearts, so really it’s adaptable to whatever you like. I can only tell  you that this particular set of ingredients is similar to that which sustained my weekend lunch appetite for roughly 4 years.

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Ann P. July 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

delish, fresh, and healthy,just like all your recipes :) So sorry about the heat, that’s such a bummer… At least you can say you’re getting your exercise with that 5-block walk! And with the extra sweating brought on by the weather, maybe you can think of it as a detox, too? :)

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Delia July 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I’m really hoping that in two weeks when I visit Chicago, I escape the triple digit temps! Summer for me rarely includes cooking in something other than the crock pot or grill.

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Joanne July 6, 2012 at 5:50 am

Even in Italian culture there’s really no “standard” antipasto salad…it’s kind of a clean-out-the-fridge free-for-all so you’ve done good! Love all these mix-ins.

And yes, square pizza (we call it Sicilian pizza) rules!

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The Home Cook July 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

Love the salad but am even more in love with that bowl! Where did you get it?

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elly July 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

Crate & Barrel!

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Nikki July 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

I can not believe the temperatures you guys are getting up there! I thought moving to Mississippi was going to be dreadful in the summers, but I guess if we stayed in Chicago we’d experience the heat anyway! lol!

I’ve also been in the mood for salads, but having trouble coming up with inspiration. Well, here it is! Thanks, Elly! :)

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Callie July 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Just pinned this – it looks delicious! What a great salad for summer!

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Anna July 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

What a great high school lunch memory! Antipasto salads are always delicious and, I will be the first to admit, I have never made one myself. Summer is the perfect time for it (although wouldn’t this be a deliciously rich xmas dinner salad? to accompany roasted meats?)

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Beth July 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I hear you! Today was the first day in 11 days that I used my oven (I was in baking withdrawal). I’m super cranky when it’s too hot & I basically can’t function. This salad looks & sounds great!

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