Insalata mista is a simple but lively mix of mild, spicy, and bitter greens. Whether served as a first course or in the European way—after the main course and before dessert—Italian mixed salad refreshes the palate with its clean and robust flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
For our insalata mista recipe we chose mild greens, such as Bibb and green leaf lettuce, along with smaller amounts of spicy greens (such as watercress and arugula) and bitter greens (such as radicchio and endive). For color and textural contrast, we also added grated carrot and slices of cucumber and red onion. We dabbled with ratios to find the perfect balance of oil to vinegar for our insalata mista recipe, and we discovered that using two types of vinegar in equal amounts added welcome complexity: red wine vinegar provided assertive and direct acidity while balsamic vinegar brought sweet, caramel-like notes.