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Neapolitan Cauliflower Salad
Insalata di Rinforzo
Insalata di Rinforzo is a tasty and simple Neapolitan Cauliflower Salad. It is typically prepared in Naples for the Christmas festivities, which span from December 24 (Christmas Eve) to January 6 (the Epiphany). The name means “reinforced salad” because it can be prepared for the Christmas Eve Dinner and then “reinforced” by adding more ingredients to last until January.
Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl.
. . . olives, giardiniera, bell
peppers . . .
. . . anchovy fillets, capers, . . .
. . . toasted bread dice. . .
. . . olive oil, vinegar, salt and
Toss the salad to combine the ingredients and decorate with the egg slices.
*** NOTE ***
This salad should be decorated with the “Taralli,” Neapolitan savory fennel cookies. They are difficult to find even in Naples, therefore we substituted them with bread croutons. You can season the bread with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic if you like, before adding it to the salad.
Prepare the salad ahead of time if you like and keep it refrigerated. Refrigerate leftovers and add more ingredients and seasoning before serving.