Summertime Recipe Favorites

Summertime Recipe Favorites

Alessandro Clemente

Summer is upon us. Longer, warmer days call for lighter recipes to share with loved ones. Although Italy is known for its traditionally heavy, carb loaded recipes, there are also a number of perfectly curated recipes for summertime feasts. Italy is home to some of the longest, warmest summers and their cuisine reflects this. The mediterranean climate provides bountiful vegetables for lighter fare and the world class meats make for tasty options regardless of the time of year. Below we’re sharing some of our favorite Italian recipes for summer.


Panzanella

This light delight can be translated to ‘bread salad’ and is enjoyed each summer under the Tuscan sun.

What you’ll need

  • 1 pound of stale, rustic bread
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 sprig basil
  • Olive oil and vinegar to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Cut the bread into one inch cubes and submerge for several minutes in cold water
  2. Once fully soaked, remove from water and squeeze out any additional water
  3. Pull apart into dry crumbles
  4. Chop all vegetables and toss in a bowl with olive oil and vinegar
  5. Add bread cubes and lightly toss together

Fennel with Burrata and Mint

This dish makes a great starter for dining al fresco under a warm sunset. No matter where you choose to enjoy this light, Italian dish, you’re in for a treat. This dish works well with grilled rustic bread as a way of enjoying the soft burrata.

What you’ll need

  • 2 heads cored fennel sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 6 strips thinly sliced lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ½ cup of freshly picked mint leaves
  • 8 ounces fresh burrata
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Place fennel, oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a shallow plate or bowl. Let stand for ten minutes
  2. Move into a larger dish and remove excess lemon juice.
  3. Gently place burrata atop the fennel
  4. Add mint leaves and additional oil to taste.

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