From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Tomatoes and ice cubes.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Italia's Tomato Ice Cube Salad

This refreshing salad is best, Italia wrote in her cookbook, on a hot summer day when you can pick tomatoes right from your own garden. 

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Prosciutto, olives, cheese and cucumbers on a cutting board.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Antipasto

"Antipasto" means, literally, "before the meal". It can be a little nibble or two, a platter of salami and cheese, or an extravaganza of a dozen or more delicious foods. It can be modest and humble or utterly luxurious.

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A large plate of salad.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Insalata di Rienforza Recipe An Italian Salad To Give You Strength

When Italia was a child, she didn't care for green beans and did what so many of us did as children: Snuck them to her dog. After her father discovered her subterfuge, there was a green bean dish on the table every day for two weeks. 

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A clear bowl filled with beet & red onion salad.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Beet & Red Onion Salad

When Italia was raising her family, she would have had access primarily to red beets, typically canned unless a family lived on a farm or had a garden. 

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A large bowl of salad topped with shrimp and tomatoes.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Shrimp Salad Vinaigrette

What to serve for dinner on a sweltering night, when temperatures rise above 90 degrees and it seems you may never have an appetite again? This tangy salad is ideal and so simply that you won't mind being in the kitchen for the few minutes it takes to make it.

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A bowl of tomato-cucumber yogurt salad garnished with dill.
From the Coppola family kitchen: Salads

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

 When Italia was raising her children in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, yogurt was nowhere near as ubiquitous as it is now. You often had to find it in a health food store or a Greek market, if there was one near you. Now the problem is to decide which yogurt among dozens of choices to use.

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