Italian Salads

Italian salad recipes tend to be pretty basic, unlike their British and American counterparts. Instead of trying to force in as many ingredients as possible, Italians use simple, fresh individual ingredients designed to provide a refreshing accompaniment to the main meal. Almost all Italian salads use extra virgin olive oil as the essential ingredient as well as white, red or balsamic vinegar.

And for a truly traditional selection of Italian salad recipes it’s hard to beat the great range of ideas from Gino D’Acampo. There are dozens of recipes for Italian salads to choose from, including Insalata Fantasia, a rocket, pomegranate and pine nut salad, Panzanella, or as Gino calls it the ‘ultimate’ tomato, pepper, artichoke and bread salad and a red pepper, Taleggio cheese and courgette salad. Of course, where Italian salad recipes are concerned, almost anything goes!

Scroll through Gino’s Italian salad recipes and you’ll find something to go with every Italian pasta recipe, fish recipe or meat recipe. Whether you’re cooking for one, two or dozens, there is a tasty and easy Italian salad recipe for you!

You can find a full range of the very best Italian salads in Gino’s best-selling recipe books  – along with a range of other Italian recipes such as inspired Italian chicken recipes and beef recipes – or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking!