This is part 2 of my favorite no cook summer meals. In this episode I will highlight three more of my favorite Italian summer dishes. Check out the description of the podcast for the names of the recipes so you can look them up if needed. I hope these bring a little bit of Italy into your home.
1. Figs with ricotta, pistachio & honey
This combo can be served as desert or as an aperitivo with a cold glass of white wine. Figs are ripe in the summer in Italy and are so delicious when served sliced and at room temperature which really lets the flavors come out. Spoon ricotta out on top of the sliced figs, drizzled liberally with honey, add crushed pistachio on top and YUM.
2. Insalata Caprese
This “salad” is probably one of the most famous Italian dishes in America. The trick though is finding really quality ingredients. Big heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (bufala or burrata are great as well) and just-picked basil really make this salad stand out. Don’t forget a drizzle of good oil on top!
3. Tonno e fagioli
Tuna and white beans, so simple but so satisfying. Buy cannellini beans, in the can already cooked, so you don’t have to do anything over the stove. Drain the beans and rinse, then add some quality canned drained tuna, preferably packed in oil. Add some more oil and salt and pepper to taste, mix well and serve. It can be eaten on top of greens, plain or with bread. I love to add red onions (soaked in water first as i mentioned before) for an added crunch.
And there you have it, three more recipes in 2 minutes to make your summer even more Italian!. Buon appetito ragazzi!
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