Giada De Laurentiis’ Red, White, and Blue Salad Is a Must for the 4th of July Weekend
Just in time for the Independence Day weekend, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis unveiled a sumptuous salad that’s as delicious as it is eye-catching.
Containing a representative from nearly every food group, the Giada in Italy star’s recipe is, most importantly, easy to make and a sure crowd pleaser.
De Laurentiis and her daughter have been inseparable during shelter in place
As most families right now, De Laurentiis has been sheltering in place with her daughter, Jade, 12, the two staying in together to stay safe.
While they’ve been stuck inside, what else is there to do with a pre-teen besides your fair share of TikTok videos. (This dynamic duo also bakes, cooks, and engages in yoga and sunbathing, as per De Laurentiis’ Instagram account photos.)
Jade had her mom appear with her in a few TikToks and Giada looks like the ultimate TikToking pro. Here’s the very with-it mom’s TikTok collection.
Her boyfriend Shane Farley will likely be spending the 4th of July with De Laurentiis
De Laurentiis and her boyfriend, Shane Farley, have been spending a great deal of time, including most holidays, together, and Independence Day should be no different. The two have been together since 2015.
This past Valentine’s Day, a lifetime ago before coronavirus (COVID-19) changed life forever, Farley prepared a romantic dinner for his girlfriend. In a conversation with People before the big unveil, she couldn’t have been more appreciative and curious of what it could be.
“I love cheesy holidays like this and I love the idea of getting into the spirit of it,” De Laurentiis said. “The cheesier the better. It’s lighthearted and fun, and it can be very whimsical as well, so I have fun with it.”
Before the dinner, the Roman-born De Laurentiis did her very best to let him know of her preferences and small details. It must have been difficult for her to be cooked for instead of in charge of the feast.
“I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’ve dropped a lot of hints,” continued De Laurentiis. “I don’t care about the quality of the actual dinner. He doesn’t cook for me often, but I think that is the most romantic thing that he’s ever done.”
Giada De Laurentiis’ ‘Red, White, and Blue Salad’
De Laurentiis’ light and easy salad is basically a one-bowl event.
To start, De Laurentiis has home cooks preparing their own quick pickled cucumbers. But if it saves you time, just buy store-bought pickles, chop them, and save them for later to sprinkle on top of your completed salad.
In a large bowl, De Laurentiis calls for combining one tablespoon champagne vinegar; one teaspoon whole-grain mustard; and three tablespoons extra virgin olive oil until it’s well combined.
Then, the fun starts. The television personality’s recipe calls for mixing two chopped heads of radicchio; one chopped curly endive or frisee; one and a half cup of halved red grapes; one cup of blueberries; a half cup of chopped roasted and salted pistachios; and a half cup of crumbled gorgonzola picante. Sprinkle your chopped pickles on top and that’s De Laurentiis’ busy cooks’ masterpiece!
The salad is a sensory celebration of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors in each bite, much like a great fireworks show!