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Elixir of Life & Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad

Posted in Abruzzo, Caro Diario.(dear diary..), cucina, cucina povere, entertaining, recipes, slow food, and the Mediterranean diet

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Olive of the elixirs of life..and if it is an elixir of life you want to use only the best elixir

Choose your olive oil as you are choosing an important part of your life…

The key to choosing great Olive Oil is choosing one that is made from only olives in a specific region in Italy and will have the letters doc or dop after the name.

maria loreto aprutina

Walking up the hill in the   town of -Loreto Aprutina-right outside Pescara (a seaside resort in Abruzzo) the constant view of olive trees put me in a calm,.meditative state. The sun sparkled its’ light brightly onto  the leaves which seemed to shine in thank you to the sun.. Its’ no wonder the olive oil here has long been known as liquid golf

Loreto-Aprutino-is famous for many things. But  the  Loreto-Aprutino DOC olive oil has been known throughout history as ‘liquid gold’..because of it’s taste and color but also because most of the people in town earned their living from the olive oil they produced

The perfect Spring recipe to use the Loreto-Aprutino DOC olive oil :
Insalata di Pollo al Limone

insalata di pollo

1 lb chicken breasts

2 lemons-squeezed and peeled (chop peel finely)

7-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup fresh strawberries washed and hulled

1 lb fresh asparagus tips steamed

2 lbs Scamorza Cheese (dried mozzarella)-cut into cubes

16 ounces of fresh salad greens (Any mix you like)

Mix 3/4 cup  strawberries, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. dash of salt and pepper to taste. Mix in blender or food processor.


Place chicken breasts in saute pan with 3 tablespoons of already warm olive oil,lemon peel. Saute on both sides till brown and cooked thoroughly. remove from heat. Place asparagus tips in 2 tablespoons of olive oil,.dash of salt and pepper for10 minutes to marinate.. In separate bowl marinate scamorza cheese, with olive oil and dash of salt and pepper. arrange plate this way:Place marinated scamorza in center then place slices of chicken breasts around it, then surround that with greens and fresh strawberry slices, Top with strawberry vinaigrette. and slivered almonds.

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  1. Near Pescara, I always go on holiday. Each year. Nice summer recipe.

    April 9, 2010
    • Thanks, yes Pescara is beautiful for summer, especially the week of the AUgust 15th HOliday,lots of great food and fun on the beach!

      April 10, 2010

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