Spinach Salad / Insalata di Spinaci

Serves 8

Spinach is used in many ways in Italian cooking: in rustic pies, in bread, as a filling for stuffed pasta, in gnocchi, and in soup. In Torgiano, it seemed to be part of every meal. Simply steamed and dressed with olive oil, it was served as a vegetable accompaniment. But when combined with paper-thin slices of cheese and mushrooms, it was outstanding as a salad.


  • 1 pound fresh spinach, rinsed, dried well, and cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (sliced paper-thin)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/ 4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup paper-thin shavings Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Place the spinach and mushrooms in a salad bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together. Pour over the salad and toss. Sprinkle on the cheese shavings and toss again. Serve immediately.
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