This fall we hosted an exchange student, Ignacia, from Chile. I will honestly admit that this South American country was one I hardly knew anything about. Outside of Chilean Seabass, I really had no clue what their traditional foods were like – but I was more than excited to learn. And, while I have inquisitively invested the last few decades learning to make traditional recipes from around the world, Chile wasn’t even on my radar until now.
So, why am I talking about Chile if this is based on an authentic Italian salad recipe? One of my favorite things to do with food is to re-imagine or reinvent it with another culture or country, making it a bit more unpredictable than the traditional recipe. That’s what I did with this salad. You may have heard of Artichoke Carpaccio which often includes thin slices of raw beef topped with artichokes and cheese.
In Ignacia’s family, this salad is prepared using only artichokes, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and a touch of salt. But, the Italian in me wanted to take it in a different direction and the results are “Morire Per!” That’s Italian for, “to die for!”
This salad is so flavorful and beautiful that it makes a perfect accompaniment to any healthy fish dish, beef, poultry, or just about any meal. The hearty but light combination of meat and vegetables in this dish create a perfect meal all by itself. In fact, this is now my go-to salad when I want to prepare something quick and easy.
Best of all, this is a salad that will impress even the pickiest salad loving guest. As they say in Italy, “Divertitevi!!” or “Please enjoy!”
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