So, if you’re like me, you must be craving italian! Last weekend, I had some good friends over and I not only wanted something healthy and delicious, but a dish that would impress my friends at the same time! So, I prepared this antipasto appetizer dish and it was delicious!
6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ Teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 Red bell peppers, halved and seeded
2 yellow bell peppers, halfed and seeded
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2 –inch thick slices
1 red onion, cut into ½-inch thick slices
1 eggplant, cut crosswise into ½-inch thick slices
Other garnishes for the platter:
*¼ pound genoa salami
*¼ pound Bianco D’Oro Dry Salami
Any Italian cheeses such as parmesan or mozzarella to accompany the meat
Mixture of olives
Capers and basil for garnish (optional)
- Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.
- In the meantime, prepare the dressing by combining the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
- To prepare vegetables, brush ¼ cup dressing evenly over the sliced tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions and eggplant.
- Place vegetables in a grill rack brushed with oil to prevent sticking. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred. Arrange vegetables on a platter and brush with the remaining dressing.
- Arrange the meats, cheeses and vegetables on the platter and sprinkle with basil, capers, and olives.
** Try to avoid meats that contain sodium nitrate/sodium nitrites, if possible. This common preservative has been linked to various types of cancer.
**Also, if you are looking for a gluten free sausage alternatives, Boars Head has gluten free choices, but their sausages are not Nitrite/Nitrate free. If you so desire nitrate/nitrate free alternatives, try your local health food store.