To say I was excited to return home to my kitchen to create a dish exclusively inspired by Italy would be a vast understatement. So simple in their execution, so vibrant in their flavors, and always with the finest and fewest high quality ingredients — this was my take away with all the food I savored over.
And with that I created this dish — summer cantaloupe, crunchy cucumber, and Lucini premium select olive oil are the stars here. Where sweet fruit flavors unite with crisp veg, and all is unified with the bright green and peppery finish of the organic extra virgin olive oil. I urge you to marry your flavors with simplicity and attention — not all olive oils are created equal, the right one can make a dish sing. You can (and should) highlight various flavors with the addition of a hand crafted olive oil. The almond finish in the Lucini oil directed me to use Marcona almonds for added texture and some Mediterranean spice — making the sum greater that it’s parts! This is my love letter to Italy — a savory salad I’ll be making all summer long.