Italian pride: tricolor salad

I assume that most of you don’t follow Italian politics. I also assume that most of you have heard in some way about our Prime Minister, Mr. Berlusconi, and his Bunga Bunga party. So you might wonder why on earth am I proud. Well it seems that finally, after almost 20 years, we are voting him out of parliament.


It is not as simple as just voting him out as in Italy we don’t vote directly for our PM or President, plus he is not up for reelection for another couple of years. However, 2 weeks ago we had midterm elections in some of the major Italian cities, including Milan and Berlusconi’s party lost in all those cities. More importantly he lost Milan. Milan is one of the stronghold of the right parties in Italy and is usually particularly friendly to Berlusconi who is a native of Milan, owns AC Milan (the soccer team), and started his tycoon career as well as his politician career in Milan. In Milan, not only the MP’s candidate was not elected as major, but also Berlusconi personally got about half the preferences he got in the previous elections.

This last weekend we also voted on 4 referendums (2 about privatizing water, 1 about nuclear energy and 1 about a norm that allows Berlusconi not to appear at his trials). While only one of the referendums is directly against Berlusconi, in the past few months the referendums (which in my modest opinion are pretty much useless) took a very strong political connotation. The mood was pretty much voting at the referendum was like voting against Berlusconi and his ruling party. In Italy referendums are valid only if at least 50% of voters show up to vote, which means that usually referendums are not valid (the ones opposed to the referendums don’t go voting which summed with the usual no shows means the majority of voters don’t vote). This time more than 57% of voters showed up. And the referendums where all approved with a large majority (above 95%) which means that net more than 50% of Italian total voters supported the referendums.


I am not saying that Berlusconi is finished, because he has gone through rough patches before, but it is comforting to see that something is finally changing!

Now to the salad….

Italian pride: tricolor salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings

Italian pride: tricolor salad


  • 1 tomato
  • 1 mozzarella
  • 1 bunch salad
  • EVOO
  • salt
  • pepper
  • basil


  1. Slice the tomato, dice the mozzarella, wash the salad
  2. Arrange on a platter, alternating a circle of salad, one of tomato slices and finally the diced mozzarella.
  3. Sprinkle with oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Finish off by decorating with a couple of leaves of basil
  5. The secret here is using only the best ingredients: I picked my salad and basil from my patio garden. Tomatoes are not yet in season, but hopefully I'll have some in a couple of months. Mozzarella is from Trader's Joe, or you can also find extremely good one at Costco. The secret is to choose only mozzarella that is preserved in water. Anything wrapped in plastic is no good for this salad

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9 Responses to Italian pride: tricolor salad

  1. Pingback: Tricolor Italian Salad « Food Frenzy

  2. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Pola! Sorry I'm not even following Japanese poilitics anymore and I don't know what's going on in Italy too. =P And don't start American politics… haha.

    Your salad looks simple and delicious. Tricolor of Italy! Go Italy!

  3. suzy eats says:

    color makes everything look great. what a great idea 🙂 i love ur site.

  4. Sandra says:

    I am not following politics, but I have heard of it this morning from my aunt.
    Your salad look AMAZING!!! I love anything tricolor, especially salads since they contain my favorite ingredients,green lettuce, cheese and tomatoes!!! Yummy!

  5. Spicie Foodie says:

    I try not to follow politics too much. No matter the country politician are corrupt. But it is nice to see that democracy does work and the people can be heard. On that note your salad looks like a great way of celebrating good news 🙂

  6. Nuts about food says:

    It was quite impressive to see people running out on the streets, on their motorbikes and hanging out of car windows with orange flags on my bike ride home through the center of Milano on the last day of the elections. I pretty much looked like when Milan won the scudetto (yes, we are Milanisti…but that doesn't mean pro-Berlusconi…). I have never seen so much enthusiasm for politics here, I was quite impressed.

  7. Pola says:

    @Paolo: it is what in Italy we would call lattughino or misticanza and I think here is called microgreens. I am growing it in a vase on my patio with pretty good results!

  8. Paolo says:

    I just love how you interleaved 3 wonderful pictures of your patriotic salad with the news on Berlusconi… you made my day! BTW, I think we all agree we've seen enough of him.

    I have a question 🙂 What kind of greens did you put in your salad?

  9. Manu says:

    Ohhh I am so happy to be the first to comment!!!!! I really hope we can get rid of this man who has made Italians to be the world's laughing-stocks (well… I guess the people who voted for him would deserve it)! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! And I did celebrate "Milan's liberation"… ohhhh my Milan!!! <3 Non so se i nostri voti saranno validi o meno alla fine, ma e' un colpo durissimo per il governo! 🙂 Great salad BTW! Hugs!

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