Mediterranean Insalata!

Who said salad had to be boring? How about making a salad as the main meal and adding a little of this and and a little of that? This is quick, easy and a medly of mediterranean mixers! Perfect for serving at last minute Oscar Party pot luck or anytime!

Serves 4-6

Tips: perfect for next day sandwiches!

1 cup roasted peppers (sliced)
1 avocado (sliced)
1 fresh mozzarella (cubed)
1 cup grape tomoatoes (or cherry)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
1 cup fresh basil (sliced in ribbons)
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve on a platter. Garnish with fried artichoke hearts. Here’s a quick and easy recipe:

Fried Artichokes =
1 can artichoke hearts, drained (8 1/2 oz can)
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
fresh black pepper

In a medium frying pan, medium heat, sautee olive oil, garlic and artichoke hearts for 5-7 minutes until they are golden brown on all sides. Add the artichokes to the salad and serve!

Serve with fresh crusty italian bread!

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