If you've ever eaten in Italianni's, you've probably noticed that every table has their signature Sicilian Insalata, or Sicilian-style salad. It's become a favorite of many, including a Pepper reader who asked us to hack it. This salad has many flavors and textures to enjoy: sweet mangoes, plump grapes, crunchy walnuts, juicy tomatoes. We add chicken for some protein.
- 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup mangoes, diced
- ½ cup red grapes, halved
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup tomatoes, diced
- ½ cup croutons
- black pepper, for serving
Make the dressing: Whisk together anchovy fillets, garlic, mayonnaise, and olive oil in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toss salad: Add chicken into the bowl and toss to coat. Add lettuce, mangoes, grapes, walnuts, and tomatoes. Toss again until leaves are evenly coated and ingredients are distributed. Transfer to a serving platter and top with croutons and a crack of black pepper.