Whether you use homemade tapenade or store bought, the peppery and fruity notes in our Biancolilla will elevate your weeknight salads to new heights.
2 TBS olive tapenade
1 pickled peperoncino, stemmed, seeded and finely minced (see note)
1 TBS red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp mild brown mustard (see note)
1/4 tsp honey
4 ounces mixed greens (about 6 cups)
1 cup halved red grapes
2 ounces crumbled ricotta salata
Combine all ingredients, and whisk vigorously just before using.
You will have approximately 1/3 cup dressing. This will dress 4 small side salads or two entree salads.
Combine greens, grapes, and cheese in a large bowl, or plate individually.
Dress salad(s) with vinaigrette immediately before serving.
The peperoncino combines beautifully with the subtle peppery flavor in our Biancolilla, and along with the mustard and honey helps the tapenade from being too dominant. Look for Italian-American or Greek peperoncino- they are small pickled mild green peppers, with only a little spiciness. Use a large one for more kick, a small one for less.
For maximum layers of flavor, look for a mild brown mustard, preferably with some other flavors you know you enjoy. We like Raye's Stoneground Wintergarden mustard which has a touch of celery and garlic in it. These add more layers to your vinaigrette. However, a plain dijon will add plenty of flavor on its own.