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Two Basic Salads & Broccoli & Bacon Salad

I learned how to make these simple delicious salads in Italy. There is nothing better than wonderful tomatoes. The Italian tomatoes have a very thin skin and are delicious. Garden tomatoes are the best yet! Heirloom tomato varieties have great taste if you can find them. Look for them at your local Farmer’s Market. xo

Basic Italian Salad #1

  • 3 fresh Roma or heirloom Tomatoes (chopped)
  • ½ head Butter lettuce (torn)
  • Olive oil (to taste)
  • Fresh lemon juice (to taste)
  • Apple cider vinegar (to taste)
  1. Toss and serve

Basic Italian Salad #2

  • 3 fresh Roma or heirloom tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 2- inch balls Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese (cut up)
  • Olive oil (to taste)
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves (torn)
  • apple cider vinegar (to taste)
  • lemon juice (to taste)
  • Coarse salt (to taste)
  1. Toss and serve

Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Plan Ahead: Make salad up to 24 hours ahead.

  • 1 broccoli head (4 cups, fresh cleaned broccoli flowerets)
  • ½ cup red onion (minced)
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 12 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  1. In a medium sized bowl mix the diced broccoli (diced broccoli, small is key), onion, raisins and crumbled bacon pieces.
  2. In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise with the vinegar and sugar. Pour over the salad. Mix.
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Serve as a vegetable with nearly any main.