Recipe: Salami Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

by Cate on March 4, 2008

With Madeline‘s recent arrival (can you believe she’s three weeks old already today?!), I’m admittedly a bit behind in birthday celebrations.  This weekend, we had my sister and brother-in-law over for a belated birthday dinner for my sister, who celebrated the big 3-0 on the 15th.  With The Husband working all day, I wanted to keep the menu simple and stuck with tried and trues, going with No Peek Casserole for our main course, and Salami Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella as a side dish.

I haven’t made the salad in ages.  The recipe comes from Michael Chiarello, host of Food Network’s Easy EntertainingNicholas loves, loves, loves salami, so it comes as no surprise that he had two helpings of the salad last night, and asked to take some to school today for a snack.  I tend to change up the recipe a bit when I make it, adding bits and pieces of things I happen to have on hand; this time, roasted red peppers found their way into the recipe and, surprisingly, Nicholas even ate those without so much as blinking.

Chop up a bunch of ingredients and mix together with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.  It doesn’t get much easier than that, and while this recipe is perfect for summer-ripe tomatoes, live on the edge like we did and have it any old time.  One caveat though – fresh basil is a must for this one, no cheating and using the dried stuff.

Salami Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

1 pound salami, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
6 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 pound mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil, for drizzling
Vinegar, for drizzling

In a large bowl, combine salami, tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar and toss well.

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Michele Lane March 4, 2008 at 3:24 am

oooo my dad plants a HUGE garden in the summer so I am always looking for yummy ways to use tomato! mmmm I can just imagine how good that will taste this summer!

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claire March 4, 2008 at 3:54 am

Mmmmmm….I am so ready for this type food. I will be making panzanella again this year. Thanks for introducing me!

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mg March 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm

sounds yummy! so, do you use white, red wine or balsamic vinegar?

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Cate March 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Michele – few summer foods are better than vine ripe tomatoes. Wish I had your dad’s green thumb!

Claire – I can’t wait until the warm weather is here!

Mg – I use balsamic vinegar.

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pam March 5, 2008 at 12:50 am

Look at you! Managing such a gorgeous salad with a 3 week old baby!!!!

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