Insalata Del Bersagliere

Ingredients

One fennel bulb
Six inner white stalks of celery
3/4 pound cleaned cabbage
One bunch (about 6 ounces) escarole, all the dark green leaves removed
Two lemons
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Four tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 pound thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma
4 ounces of slivers of Parmigiano Reggiano

How to make the Insalata del Bersagliere:

Clean the fennel, cut it into quarters, and put them in a bowl of cold water for 1/2 hour. Place each of the other vegetables in its bowl of cold water. Finely slice all the vegetables with a knife or a vegetable cutter and place them all together in a large bowl of cold water, adding the two lemons, cut in half, and squeezed. Let rest for 12 hours, not longer, or else vegetables will wilt.

When ready to serve, drain the vegetables and season them with salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar, mixing very well.

Arrange all the prosciutto slices on a large serving platter. Place the mixed salad in a mound in the center of the platter. Put the Parmigiano slivers on top of the salad.

Courtesy of Giuliano Bugialli

Serves 12

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Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

You can reach Enrico at enricomassetti@msn.com.